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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; 5.2942Coordinates: 45°45′28″N 5°17′39″E / 45.7578°N 5.2942°E / 45.7578; 5.2942
ArrondissementLa Tour-du-Pin
 • Mayor (2014–2020) Nora Chebbi
13.27 km2 (5.12 sq mi)
 • Density51/km2 (130/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 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[2]


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.[3]

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).[4] 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, Chatelans was attached to the commune of Annoisin in the early twentieth century.


List of Successive Mayors[5]

From To Name Party Position
1969 1993 Clément Gauthier SE
2001 2014 Yves Gentil
2014 2020 Nora Chebbi

(Not all data is known)


In 2017 the commune had 676 inhabitants.

Population change (See database)
1793 1800 1806 1821 1831 1836 1841 1846 1851
253 272 276 306 324 326 571 620 673
1856 1861 1866 1872 1876 1881 1886 1891 1896
657 677 655 567 557 551 565 540 508
1901 1906 1911 1921 1926 1931 1936 1946 1954
502 461 433 405 390 351 326 297 260
1962 1968 1975 1982 1990 1999 2007 2012 2017
231 247 285 301 412 541 618 643 676

Population of Annoisin-Chatelans

Culture and heritage[edit]

Civil heritage[edit]

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

  • An Archaeological SiteLogo monument historique - rouge sans texte.svg[6]
  • The Domain de la Tour House (1789)Logo monument historique - rouge sans texte.svg[7]
  • The War Memorial (1921)Logo monument historique - rouge sans texte.svg[8]
  • A House at le Mollard (1580)Logo monument historique - rouge sans texte.svg[9]
  • A Primary School at Chatelans (19th century)Logo monument historique - rouge sans texte.svg[10]
  • A Farmhouse at Chatelans (1760)Logo monument historique - rouge sans texte.svg[11]
  • The Town Hall (formerly a Primary School) (1882)Logo monument historique - rouge sans texte.svg[12]

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)Logo monument historique - rouge sans texte.svg[13] The Church contains several items that are registered as historical objects:
  • The Cemetery (1863)Logo monument historique - rouge sans texte.svg[17] The Cemetery contains several items that are registered as historical objects:
    • A Priest's Tomb (19th century)Logo monument historique - noir sans texte.svg[18]
    • The Tomb of Benoît Parent (20th century)Logo monument historique - noir sans texte.svg[19]
    • A Cemetery Cross (19th century)Logo monument historique - noir sans texte.svg[20]

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. ^ "Populations légales 2017". INSEE. Retrieved 6 January 2020.
  2. ^ Inhabitants of Isère (in French)
  3. ^ a b Google Maps
  4. ^ F. Perrin, A deposit of Gallic Objects at Larina, DARA,1990. (in French)
  5. ^ List of Mayors of France
  6. ^ Ministry of Culture, Mérimée PA00117116 Archaeological site (in French)
  7. ^ Ministry of Culture, Mérimée IA38000217 Domain de la Tour (in French)
  8. ^ Ministry of Culture, Mérimée IA38000215 War Memorial (in French)
  9. ^ Ministry of Culture, Mérimée IA38000214 House at le Mollard (in French)
  10. ^ Ministry of Culture, Mérimée IA38000213 Primary School at Chatelans (in French)
  11. ^ Ministry of Culture, Mérimée IA38000123 Farmhouse at Chatelans (in French)
  12. ^ Ministry of Culture, Mérimée IA38000050 Town Hall (in French)
  13. ^ Ministry of Culture, Mérimée IA38000218 Parish Church of Notre-Dame (in French)
  14. ^ Ministry of Culture, Palissy IM38000660 Pulpit (in French)
  15. ^ Ministry of Culture, Palissy IM38000659 Confessional (in French)
  16. ^ Ministry of Culture, Palissy IM38000658 Furniture in the Church (in French)
  17. ^ Ministry of Culture, Mérimée IA38000216 Cemetery (in French)
  18. ^ Ministry of Culture, Palissy IM38000657 Priest's Tomb (in French)
  19. ^ Ministry of Culture, Palissy IM38000656 Tomb of Benoît Parent (in French)
  20. ^ Ministry of Culture, Palissy IM38000655 Cemetery Cross (in French)

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