Corbel, Savoie

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The church in Corbel
The church in Corbel
Corbel is located in France
Coordinates: 45°25′49″N 5°49′34″E / 45.4303°N 5.8261°E / 45.4303; 5.8261Coordinates: 45°25′49″N 5°49′34″E / 45.4303°N 5.8261°E / 45.4303; 5.8261
Country France
Region Rhône-Alpes
Department Savoie
Arrondissement Chambéry
Canton Le Pont-de-Beauvoisin
Intercommunality Communauté de communes Cœur de Chartreuse
 • Mayor (2014–2020) Jean-Michel Fertier
Area1 10.31 km2 (3.98 sq mi)
Population (2006)2 137
 • Density 13/km2 (34/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 73092 / 73160
Elevation 480–1,617 m (1,575–5,305 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.

Corbel is a commune in the Savoie department in the Rhône-Alpes region in south-eastern France. It borders the department of Isère.


The township of Corbel has three main water streams: Gringalet, Hyères and Guiers Vif. The Gringalet separates Corbel valley from north to south and Guiers Vif goes on its southern border, in the gorges du Guiers. The Gringalet rises in the township, close to les Cruz, and empties into the Guiers Vif. River of Hyères (or Hyère), meanwhile, has its source at the col des Egaux and down to the township of Saint-Jean-de-Couz. At the level of Corbel valley, if the district is most forested and steepits at his southern border (with Guiers Vif), it is less at the center and at the north. At the col des Egaux, there are more grasslands and flat surfaces. Two mountains of the Chartreuse Mountains are located on the territory of the township: Roche Veyrand (1356 m) and Thivelet (1231m). Northeast of the town is la Cluse that can reach the col de la Cluse by D45 road.

The town of Corbel (845 m), the center of the township, is located on the east side of Thivelet (or Thimelet), and is about 20 km from Chambéry, by the D45 and the D1006 roads. Between Roche Veyrand and Thivelet lies the hamlet of Fiolins (860m). Further north of the township are the hamlets of Mathés (900m) and of Cruz (1000 m). Morel and Cochette subdivision are located below the mountain named La Cochette, and near the hamlets of Burneys and Perrucons. On the other side of the slope of the mountain range Thimelet lies the village of Egaux, near the col des Egaux.


In the eighteenth century, the township experienced an explosion of population. The population grew up from 260 inhabitants in 1755 to 555 inhabitants in 1801. The township of Corbel became part of the township of Saint-Thibaud-de-Couz during the French Revolution, and later, that of Les Échelles. In the nineteenth century, the township was relatively poor and populated (580 inhabitants in 1848). Famine often threatened Corbelains (inhabitants) because the earth only allowed to grow oats and potatoes. The main resource of the township was the common trade, including the export of timber to Les Échelles and Chambéry. From 1850, with the creation of the main road to Chambéry (D45), the township was depopulated, and see its population divided by two in less than fifty years. With these new pathways, famine and poverty have gradually disappeared permanently from the township. In the twentieth century, the wealth of the township and the standard of living of the population increases dramatically. In 1994 was created a small road that directly connects Saint-Pierre-d'Entremont to Corbel.

Population and society[edit]

Cultural events and festivities[edit]

Church and trails, ovens [clarification needed]and fountains: Hiking on the trail to see the ovens and fountains of Corbel.


Many sports activities may be practiced in the township. Trails have been marked for tourists. You can practice cycling, climbing, horse riding, glider and kanoé in the gorges du Frou. The Fiolins hamlet is the starting point of a path leading to a via ferrata through Roche Veyrand to get to Saint-Pierre-d'Entremont .

Corbel is near skiing and tobogganing stations (Le Desert d'Entremont). There is also the presence of indicated snowshoes paths connecting Corbel to the winter sports resort of the Desert, but also doing a variety of circuits in the township only.



  • Arcabas (1926) - Painter and sculptor, he is one of the authors of contemporary sacred art in France.


Ovens and fountains[edit]

In the town, some basins (fountains) cut in the stone are very famous. Indeed, in 1999, most of the basins of the township have been renovated. Ovens of different hamlets are also significant and have their specificities. The walking tour "ovens and fountains" was created specially to visit the most of the ovens and fountains of the township.

Other notable sights[edit]

  • The views over the Chartreuse are countless on the heights of Corbel, we can observe in particular the Ruchère, the Grand Som or the Crête des Eparres.
  • The church of Corbel dates from the thirteenth century, but it was renovated in the eighteenth century. It is the oldest church of the Entremonts. It features Arcabas's stained glasses from the twentieth century (1997).
  • A mill from the sixteenth century is on the road between the Fiolins and the Perrucons.

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