Coordinates: 45°45′28″N 5°17′39″E / 45.7578°N 5.2942°E / 45.7578; 5.2942
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The heights of Chatelans
The heights of Chatelans
Location of Annoisin-Chatelans
Annoisin-Chatelans is located in France
Annoisin-Chatelans is located in Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
Coordinates: 45°45′28″N 5°17′39″E / 45.7578°N 5.2942°E / 45.7578; 5.2942
ArrondissementLa Tour-du-Pin
 • Mayor (2020–2026) Nora Chebbi[1]
13.27 km2 (5.12 sq mi)
 (Jan. 2020)[2]
 • Density54/km2 (140/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code
38010 /38460
Elevation280–452 m (919–1,483 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

Annoisin-Chatelans (French pronunciation: [anwazɛ̃ ʃatlɑ̃]) is a commune in the Isère department in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region of southeastern France.

The inhabitants of the commune are known as Nuisantins or Nuisantines[3]


The Village of Annoisin-chatelans is located on the foothills and the plateau of the Isle-Crémieu, some 40 km east of Lyon and just 2 km north-east of the town of Crémieu.

It is part of the Community of communes of l'Isle-Crémieu which includes all the communes around Crémieu, the plain side of Lyon with Chamagnieu and Villemoirieu next to the Optevoz hills area.

The commune is characterized by scattered settlements which comes from the merger of two towns of comparable size, Annoisin which faces Crémieu and Chatelans another two kilometres north which faces on to the valley of Amby (Hières-sur-Amby and Optevoz). There are also two other hamlets south of the village called Michalieu and Le Mollard.

Access to the commune is by the D521 minor road from Crémieu in the south passing through the heart of the commune and the village and continuing north then east to join the D52A to Optevoz. The commune is quite heavily forested in the north and along the eastern and western borders however the southern part of the commune is farmland.[4]

Neighbouring communes and villages[edit]



The plateau of Larina has been occupied since the beginning of the first millennium. There are still traces on the Larina site north of the commune (an oppidum then a Merovingian camp).[5] The first known text on Annoisin was regarding the Parish and its Church in the 1172-1275 period of the Capetian Kings. Formerly attached to Optevoz,[citation needed] Chatelans was attached to the commune of Annoisin in 1842.[6]


List of Successive Mayors[7]

From To Name Party
1969 1993 Clément Gauthier ind.
2001 2014 Yves Gentil
2014 2026 Nora Chebbi


In 2017 the commune had 676 inhabitants. The population data given in the table and graph below for 1836 and earlier refer to the former commune of Annoisin.

Historical population
YearPop.±% p.a.
1793 253—    
1800 272+1.04%
1806 276+0.24%
1821 306+0.69%
1831 324+0.57%
1836 326+0.12%
1841 571+11.86%
1846 620+1.66%
1851 673+1.65%
1856 657−0.48%
1861 677+0.60%
1866 655−0.66%
1872 567−2.38%
1876 557−0.44%
1881 551−0.22%
1886 565+0.50%
1891 540−0.90%
1896 508−1.21%
YearPop.±% p.a.
1901 502−0.24%
1906 461−1.69%
1911 433−1.25%
1921 405−0.67%
1926 390−0.75%
1931 351−2.09%
1936 326−1.47%
1946 297−0.93%
1954 260−1.65%
1962 231−1.47%
1968 247+1.12%
1975 285+2.07%
1982 301+0.78%
1990 412+4.00%
1999 541+3.07%
2007 618+1.68%
2012 643+0.80%
2017 676+1.01%
Source: EHESS[6] and INSEE[8]

Culture and heritage[edit]

Civil heritage[edit]

The commune has a number of buildings and sites that are registered as historical monuments:

  • An Archaeological Site[9]
  • The Domain de la Tour House (1789)[10]
  • The War Memorial (1921)[11]
  • A House at le Mollard (1580)[12]
  • A Primary School at Chatelans (19th century)[13]
  • A Farmhouse at Chatelans (1760)[14]
  • The Town Hall (formerly a Primary School) (1882)[15]

Religious heritage[edit]

The commune has two religious buildings and sites that are registered as historical monuments:

  • The Parish Church of Notre-Dame (12th century)[16] The Church contains several items that are registered as historical objects:
  • The Cemetery (1863)[20] The Cemetery contains several items that are registered as historical objects:
    • A Priest's Tomb (19th century)[21]
    • The Tomb of Benoît Parent (20th century)[22]
    • A Cemetery Cross (19th century)[23]

Environmental heritage[edit]

Forsythia in the hamlet of Mollard

This small village in northern Isère has retained many of its houses made of golden stone extracted from quarries that are still used, its surprising octagonal tower, its communal ovens and lavoirs (Public laundries) hidden in the green meadows. The curiosity of the commune, it is precisely the number of bread ovens and lavoirs whether at Annoisin with one oven; or Chatelans with two ovens, a lavoir, and a fountain in the lower part of the village; or the hamlet of Michalieu with a beautiful collection of a bread oven with a lavoir and its cross.

There are many marked trails that wind through the woods and the blue juniper bushes found in abundance on the limestone plateau. They thrive on the edge of beautiful cliffs overlooking the Rhone valley or on the hills where the top of the Alps and Mont Blanc can be seen.

Picture Gallery[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Répertoire national des élus: les maires"., Plateforme ouverte des données publiques françaises (in French). 2 December 2020.
  2. ^ "Populations légales 2020". The National Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies. 29 December 2022.
  3. ^ Inhabitants of Isère (in French)
  4. ^ a b Google Maps
  5. ^ F. Perrin, A deposit of Gallic Objects at Larina, DARA,1990. (in French)
  6. ^ a b Des villages de Cassini aux communes d'aujourd'hui: Commune data sheet Annoisin-Chatelans, EHESS (in French).
  7. ^ List of Mayors of France
  8. ^ Population en historique depuis 1968, INSEE
  9. ^ Ministry of Culture, Mérimée PA00117116 Archaeological site (in French)
  10. ^ Ministry of Culture, Mérimée IA38000217 Domain de la Tour (in French)
  11. ^ Ministry of Culture, Mérimée IA38000215 War Memorial (in French)
  12. ^ Ministry of Culture, Mérimée IA38000214 House at le Mollard (in French)
  13. ^ Ministry of Culture, Mérimée IA38000213 Primary School at Chatelans (in French)
  14. ^ Ministry of Culture, Mérimée IA38000123 Farmhouse at Chatelans (in French)
  15. ^ Ministry of Culture, Mérimée IA38000050 Town Hall (in French)
  16. ^ Ministry of Culture, Mérimée IA38000218 Parish Church of Notre-Dame (in French)
  17. ^ Ministry of Culture, Palissy IM38000660 Pulpit (in French)
  18. ^ Ministry of Culture, Palissy IM38000659 Confessional (in French)
  19. ^ Ministry of Culture, Palissy IM38000658 Furniture in the Church (in French)
  20. ^ Ministry of Culture, Mérimée IA38000216 Cemetery (in French)
  21. ^ Ministry of Culture, Palissy IM38000657 Priest's Tomb (in French)
  22. ^ Ministry of Culture, Palissy IM38000656 Tomb of Benoît Parent (in French)
  23. ^ Ministry of Culture, Palissy IM38000655 Cemetery Cross (in French)

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