Conjux

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Conjux
The Lac du Bourget seen from Conjux
The Lac du Bourget seen from Conjux
Conjux is located in France
Conjux
Conjux
Coordinates: 45°47′29″N 5°49′20″E / 45.7914°N 5.8222°E / 45.7914; 5.8222Coordinates: 45°47′29″N 5°49′20″E / 45.7914°N 5.8222°E / 45.7914; 5.8222
Country France
Region Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
Department Savoie
Arrondissement Chambéry
Canton Ruffieux
Intercommunality Chautagne
Government
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Claude Savignac
Area1 1.7 km2 (0.7 sq mi)
Population (2012)2 190
 • Density 110/km2 (290/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
INSEE/Postal code 73091 / 73310
Elevation 225–443 m (738–1,453 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.

Conjux is a commune in the Savoie department in the Rhône-Alpes region in south-eastern France. The smallest commune in the region of Chautagne at 175 ha, it extends for 5 km along the northwestern coastline of Lac du Bourget. Reflecting its mixed role as a residential and recreational location, 42% of its residential buildings are counted as secondary residences.

The name of the commune is believed to be derived, via the form 'Congieux', from late Latin 'Congiacum', meaning the 'domain of Congius', and is not related to the Latin homonym, 'conjux' (spouse).[1]

Fishing was traditionally the mainstay of the village, but today there remain only two professional fishermen based in the commune. The Port of Conjux is now largely used for recreational boating and amateur fishing. Economic activity is largely confined to small businesses and salaried work in nearby cities such as Aix-les-Bains and Chambéry. The commune maintains a municipal camping ground, Les Babelles, and a bathing beach.

The chapel Saint-Crépin-et-Crépinien at Conjux dates in part from the 15th century. It includes a ribbed vault, a polished wood statue of the Virgin Mary from the 14th Century, Gallo-Roman remains, and an altar of Cybele. The building was badly damaged in an earthquake in 1826, and restored in several stages (1890, 1938 and 1978).[2] A Late Bronze Age underwater archaeological site includes visible remains from prehistoric pile dwellings around the Alps.

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  1. ^ [1] Gros, Dictionnaire étymologique des noms de lieu de la Savoie
  2. ^ [2] Official site of the Commune of Conjux (in French).