Saint-Hilaire, Isère

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The funicular of Saint-Hilaire du Touvet
The funicular of Saint-Hilaire du Touvet
Saint-Hilaire is located in France
Coordinates: 45°18′37″N 5°53′16″E / 45.3103°N 05.8878°E / 45.3103; 05.8878Coordinates: 45°18′37″N 5°53′16″E / 45.3103°N 05.8878°E / 45.3103; 05.8878
Country France
Region Rhône-Alpes
Department Isère
Arrondissement Grenoble
Canton Le Touvet
Intercommunality Plateau des petites roches
 • Mayor (2001–2008) Pierre Boisselier
 • Land1 9 km2 (3 sq mi)
Population (1999)
 • Population2 1,248
 • Population2 density 140/km2 (360/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 38395 / 38660
Elevation 647–2,060 m (2,123–6,759 ft)
(avg. 1,000 m or 3,300 ft)

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.

Saint-Hilaire (also known as Saint-Hilaire du Touvet) is a commune in the Isère department in south-eastern France.

It is made up of the three smaller settlements of Saint-Hilaire, Les Margains and Les Gaudes, and its inhabitants are called the Saint-Hilairois (Saint-Hilairoises).[1]

The commune is situated on the Plateau des Petites Roches, a natural balcony above the valley of the Isère River, on the east side of the Massif de la Chartreuse and overlooked by the peak of the Dent de Crolles.[1]

Saint-Hilaire is linked to Montfort, situated on the road between Grenoble and Chambéry in the valley below, by the Funiculaire de Saint-Hilaire du Touvet. Until this was opened in 1924, the village was accessible only on foot, or by mule. The funicular was constructed principally to serve several sanatoriums built at the same time to house tuberculosis patients.[2]


  1. ^ a b This article incorporates information from the equivalent article on the French Wikipedia.
  2. ^ "Funiculaire Saint Hilaire du Touvet - History". Funimag. Retrieved February 15, 2007.