Anjou, Isère

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The Church Square in the 19th century
The Church Square in the 19th century
Coat of arms of Anjou
Location of Anjou
Anjou is located in France
Anjou is located in Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
Coordinates: 45°20′52″N 4°52′56″E / 45.3478°N 4.8822°E / 45.3478; 4.8822Coordinates: 45°20′52″N 4°52′56″E / 45.3478°N 4.8822°E / 45.3478; 4.8822
IntercommunalityEntre Bièvre et Rhône
 • Mayor (2020–2026) Jean Michel Dolphin
5.03 km2 (1.94 sq mi)
 (Jan. 2019)[1]
 • Density210/km2 (540/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code
38009 /38150
Elevation218–383 m (715–1,257 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

Anjou (French pronunciation: [ɑ̃ʒu] (listen)) is a commune in the Isère department, region of Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, southeastern France.

The inhabitants of the commune are known as Anjoulois or Anjouloises[2]


Anjou is a commune located in Bas-Dauphiné, some 6 km east by south-east of Roussillon and 10 km north-east of Saint-Rambert-d'Albon. Resting on a south-facing hill and partially sheltered from rain by the peaks of the Pilat mountain range, it benefits from a mild and sunny climate. For many decades, the beauty of its location has drawn numerous tourists and many others who reside in the village.

Access to the commune is by the D51 road from Agnin in the west passing through the commune and the village and continuing to Sonnay in the east.

The Ruisseau de la Ronzee passes through the north of the commune from east to west joining the Ruisseau de la Vescia which forms part of the northern border of the commune and which has several tributaries rising in the commune. An unnamed stream forms the southern border of the commune flowing from east to west.[3]

Neighbouring communes and villages[edit]



Arms of Anjou

Gules, an eagle Argent.


List of Successive Mayors[4]

From To Name
2001 2008 Michel Morel
2008 2020 Denis Rozier
2020 2026 Jean Michel Dolphin


In 2017 the commune had 1,013 inhabitants.

Historical population
YearPop.±% p.a.
1800 900—    
1806 1,196+4.85%
1821 825−2.45%
1831 908+0.96%
1836 927+0.42%
1841 872−1.22%
1846 856−0.37%
1851 860+0.09%
1856 900+0.91%
1861 851−1.11%
1866 835−0.38%
1872 801−0.69%
1876 753−1.53%
1881 720−0.89%
1886 691−0.82%
1891 676−0.44%
1896 636−1.21%
1901 614−0.70%
YearPop.±% p.a.
1906 591−0.76%
1911 558−1.14%
1921 522−0.66%
1926 524+0.08%
1931 522−0.08%
1936 503−0.74%
1946 454−1.02%
1954 605+3.65%
1962 535−1.53%
1968 565+0.91%
1975 505−1.59%
1982 585+2.12%
1990 744+3.05%
1999 809+0.93%
2007 950+2.03%
2012 1,016+1.35%
2017 1,013−0.06%
Source: EHESS[5] and INSEE[6]

Sites and monuments[edit]

The Chapel of Notre-Dame
The Château de la Sablière
The Chateau of Mr. Chenu
  • The Church was built in the 19th century and its bell tower was completed with two bells cast in Lyon in 1849 and in 1861. This tower has the oldest bell in the region. It originated from the Celestine convent in Lyon which was destroyed during the French Revolution and brought to Anjou by the Bectoz family of Vaubonnais who owned a chateau in the area. A collection of stained glass windows unique for the homogeneity of design and the outstanding quality of the colours is renowned in this building. The Church contains a Commemorative Plaque (1274)Logo monument historique - noir sans texte.svg which is registered as an historical object.[7] Open to the public.
  • The Chateau of Anjou and its 10-hectare park (18th century)Logo monument historique - rouge sans texte.svg are registered as historical monuments.[8][9] The remains of the castle and a park created by the famous landscape architects Henri and Achille Duchêne for Clément and Alice Jourdan are open to the public.
  • The Fondru Chateau was built in the 19th century and belonged to the Bectoz family of Vaubonnais. It has an attractive dovecote which is undergoing restoration. Not open to the public.
  • The Chateau de la Sablière. Not open to the public.
  • The Feudal tower of Anjou was part of an old medieval castle from the 12th or 13th century. It overlooks the Old Village and the Chateau of Anjou. The tower is today a panoramic site that provides a unique perspective over several departments: Explanatory panels, an orientation table, picnic tables, and toilet facilities available to visitors. Open to the public.
  • The Old Village of Anjou has many charming and picturesque lanes including a blacksmith's sign dating to 1666.
  • A pedestrian promenade allows the leisurely exploration of the history and culture of Anjou in a day.

Notable people linked to the commune[edit]

  • Raimon of Anjou, a 12th-century Troubadour in the provençal language, one of the first lords of Anjou.
  • Charles IX, King of France (1550-1574) dined at the Anjou Chateau on 15 August 1564.
  • Claude Brosse, a famous community trustee of the Dauphine villages, was châtelain of Anjou. In 1639 Louis XIII granted a decree to him rendering fairer assizes (taxes) for the people, or Third-estate. His daughter married Joseph de Bectoz de Vaubonnais and brought him, through her dowry, the Anjou land.
  • Melchior Mitte de Chevrières, Count of Anjou, hosted Louis de Bourbon, cousin of Louis XIII and the governor of Dauphiné at his Chateau in Anjou during Christmas celebrations in 1623.
  • Louis XIII, King of France, lodged at Anjou Chateau with his entire court on 20 July 1629, during his return from the South.
  • Humbert Guillot de Golat, Squire of Garenne, a Dauphinois poet, lived at Anjou where he wrote many poems.
  • Sarah Bernhardt visited Anjou in 1887 and stayed at Anjou Chateau at the invitation of Clément and Alice Jourdan.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Populations légales 2019". The National Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies. 29 December 2021.
  2. ^ Inhabitants of Isère (in French)
  3. ^ a b Google Maps
  4. ^ List of Mayors of France
  5. ^ Des villages de Cassini aux communes d'aujourd'hui: Commune data sheet Anjou, EHESS. (in French)
  6. ^ Population en historique depuis 1968, INSEE
  7. ^ Ministry of Culture, Palissy PM38000568 Commemorative Plaque (in French)Camera aabb.svg
  8. ^ Ministry of Culture, Mérimée PA38000029 Chateau of Anjou (in French)
  9. ^ Ministry of Culture, Mérimée IA38000400 Chateau Park (in French)

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