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View of Cran-Gevrier, coming from Annecy
View of Cran-Gevrier, coming from Annecy
Coat of arms of Cran-Gevrier
Coat of arms
Cran-Gevrier is located in France
Location within Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region
Cran-Gevrier is located in Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
Coordinates: 45°54′35″N 6°06′39″E / 45.9097°N 06.1107°E / 45.9097; 06.1107Coordinates: 45°54′35″N 6°06′39″E / 45.9097°N 06.1107°E / 45.9097; 06.1107
Country France
Region Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
Department Haute-Savoie
Arrondissement Annecy
Canton Seynod
Area1 4.8 km2 (1.9 sq mi)
Population (2014)2 17,257
 • Density 3,600/km2 (9,300/sq mi)
 • Urban 139,693
Demonym(s) Cran-Gevriens / Cran-gevriennes
Time zone UTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST) UTC+2 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code 74093 /74960
Elevation 396–528 m (1,299–1,732 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.

Cran-Grevier is a former commune in the Haute-Savoie department in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region in south-eastern France. On 1 January 2017, it was merged into the commune Annecy.[1]


Cran-Gevrier is in the east of Annecy. Part of the town is on a hill (hill of Gevrier). The hamlet of Cran was on the level of the Thiou river. The top of the hill of Gevrier is designated as a natural area.

The Fier forms most of the commune's north-western border.


The city draws its origins from two hamlets: Cran and Gevrier. There are two possible origins for each one of these names:

  • Cran which means "notch" (permitted the establishment of a road between Boutae (Annecy) and Aquae (Aix-les-Bains), or between two rivers (river Thiou and river Fier).
  • Gevrier, the oldest hamlet, got its name either from the Grabriaccus villa, or from the word "guivre", the name of a mythical snake whose role in tales is to keep treasures (one finds a snake rolled up around a sword on the blazon of the lords of Aléry).

The Romans were the first to settle on the hill. A Roman villa and a theatre were built there.

Partner towns[edit]

  • Italy Piossasco, Italy
  • Slovakia Trenčín, Slovakia[2]
  • Scotland Bathgate, Scotland [3] [4] The twinning agreement between Bathgate and Cran-Gevrier was signed in March 2010. Since then, many different projects have been started up, including International Camps for young people (including young Italians from Piossasco) as well as school-to-school projects.

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