Cran-Gevrier

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Cran-Gevrier
View of Cran-Gevrier, coming from Annecy
View of Cran-Gevrier, coming from Annecy
Coat of arms of Cran-Gevrier
Coat of arms
Cran-Gevrier is located in France
Cran-Gevrier
Cran-Gevrier
Coordinates: 45°54′35″N 6°06′39″E / 45.9097°N 06.1107°E / 45.9097; 06.1107Coordinates: 45°54′35″N 6°06′39″E / 45.9097°N 06.1107°E / 45.9097; 06.1107
Country France
Region Rhône-Alpes
Department Haute-Savoie
Arrondissement Arrondissement of Annecy
Canton Canton of Seynod
Intercommunality Communauté de l'agglomération d'Annecy
Government
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Jean Boutry (PS)
Area
 • Land1 4.8 km2 (1.9 sq mi)
Population (2006)
 • Urban 139,693
 • Population2 16,811
 • Population2 density 3,500/km2 (9,100/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 74093 / 74960
Elevation 396–528 m (1,299–1,732 ft)
Website Ville-crangevrier.fr

1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

Cran-Gevrier is a commune in the Haute-Savoie department in the Rhône-Alpes region in south-eastern France.

Geography[edit]

Cran-Gevrier is in the east of Annecy. Part of the town is on a hill (hill of Gevrier). The hamlet of Cran was on the level of the Thiou river. The top of the hill of Gevrier is designated as a natural area.

The Fier forms most of the commune's north-western border.

History[edit]

The city draws its origins from two hamlets: Cran and Gevrier. There are two possible origins for each one of these names:

  • Cran which means "notch" (permitted the establishment of a road between Boutae (Annecy) and Aquae (Aix-les-Bains), or between two rivers (river Thiou and river Fier).
  • Gevrier, the oldest hamlet, got its name either from the Grabriaccus villa, or from the word "guivre", the name of a mythical snake whose role in tales is to keep treasures (one finds a snake rolled up around a sword on the blazon of the lords of Aléry).

The Romans were the first to settle on the hill. A Roman villa and a theatre were built there.

Partner towns[edit]

  • Italy Piossasco, Italy
  • Slovakia Trenčín, Slovakia[1]
  • Scotland Bathgate, Scotland [2] [3] The twinning agreement between Bathgate and Cran-Gevrier was signed in March 2010. Since then, many different projects have been started up, including International Camps for young people (including young Italians from Piossasco) as well as school-to-school projects.

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