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View from Arzay
View from Arzay
Arzay is located in France
Location within Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region
Arzay is located in Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
Coordinates: 45°25′35″N 5°10′16″E / 45.4264°N 5.1711°E / 45.4264; 5.1711Coordinates: 45°25′35″N 5°10′16″E / 45.4264°N 5.1711°E / 45.4264; 5.1711
IntercommunalityCC Bièvre Isère
 • Mayor (2014-2020) Liliane Térol
Area19.79 km2 (3.78 sq mi)
Population (2015)2226
 • Density23/km2 (60/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code38016 /38260
Elevation375–545 m (1,230–1,788 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.

Arzay is a commune in the Isère department in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region of south-eastern France.

The inhabitants of the commune are known as Arzayaux.[1]


Arzay is located some 27 km east by south-east of Vienne and 25 km south of Villefontaine. Access to the commune is by the minor D51 road (Route de Beaurepaire) from Pommier-de-Beaurepaire in the south-west passing through the heart of the commune south of the village and continuing to Semons in the east. Access to the village can be by several country roads running off the D51 including the Chemin de la Grande Fontaine, the Chemin de la Croix, or the Chemin de la Diligence. The hilly part of the commune north of the village is heavily forested (part of the Forest of Bonnevaux) while the flat commune south of the village is farmland.[2]

A band of "Étangs" - ponds or lakes - crosses the commune in the north from south-west to north-east. The Étangs within the commune are:

  • Étang du Grand Albert,
  • Étang Girand,
  • Étang Coquet,
  • Étang du Grand Massot,
  • Étang Girond,
  • Étang du Petit Massot,
  • Étang de Clos Gabet,
  • Étang de la Chapelle,
  • Étang Ras,
  • Étang Tournier.

The Suzon river flows through the south of the commune from east to west and continues south-west to eventually join the Oron at Beaurepaire. The Grande Vareze flows into the largest of the Étangs in the north - the Étang du Grand Albert.[2]

Neighbouring communes and villages[2][edit]


The Town Hall

List of Successive Mayors[3]

From To Name Party Position
2002 Jean Chabert
2002 2008 Nicole Reverchon
2008 2014 Élizabeth Virenque
2014 2020 Liliane Térol

(Not all data is known)


In 2010 the commune had 216 inhabitants. The evolution of the number of inhabitants is known from the population censuses conducted in the commune since 1793. From the 21st century, a census of communes with fewer than 10,000 inhabitants is held every five years, unlike larger towns that have a sample survey every year.[Note 1]

Population change (See database)
1793 1800 1806 1821 1831 1836 1841 1846 1851
236 254 249 291 287 295 294 306 278
1856 1861 1866 1872 1876 1881 1886 1891 1896
260 274 264 291 269 266 243 209 176
1901 1906 1911 1921 1926 1931 1936 1946 1954
191 190 180 203 200 167 143 135 121
1962 1968 1975 1982 1990 1999 2006 2010 -
129 125 108 142 166 169 207 216 -

Sources : Ldh/EHESS/Cassini until 1962, INSEE database from 1968 (population without double counting and municipal population from 2006)

The entry to Arzay
A road in Arzay
Population of Arzay

Sites and monuments[edit]

The Communal Bread Oven
The Étang du Grand Albert
  • The Chateau d'Arzay from the 19th century (chapel)
  • A Bread oven in the Place Jean Chabert (next to the church)
  • Numerous Étangs with the Étang du Grand Albert the most well known (private access)

Church Picture Gallery[edit]

Life in the commune[edit]

  • A Bread Festival in the last Sunday of August

Notable people linked to the commune[edit]

  • The Chambaran family, gentleman glassmakers of Arzay, allied to the great Daupinois families in the 17th century.

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

Notes and references[edit]


  1. ^ At the beginning of the 21st century, the methods of identification have been modified by Law No. 2002-276 of 27 February 2002 Archived 6 March 2016 at the Wayback Machine., the so-called "law of local democracy" and in particular Title V "census operations" allows, after a transitional period running from 2004 to 2008, the annual publication of the legal population of the different French administrative districts. For communes with a population greater than 10,000 inhabitants, a sample survey is conducted annually, the entire territory of these communes is taken into account at the end of the period of five years. The first "legal population" after 1999 under this new law came into force on 1 January 2009 and was based on the census of 2006.