Pont-en-Royans

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Pont-en-Royans
A view of Pont-en-Royans
A view of Pont-en-Royans
Coat of arms of Pont-en-Royans
Location of Pont-en-Royans
Pont-en-Royans is located in France
Pont-en-Royans
Pont-en-Royans
Pont-en-Royans is located in Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
Pont-en-Royans
Pont-en-Royans
Coordinates: 45°03′49″N 5°20′36″E / 45.0636°N 5.3433°E / 45.0636; 5.3433Coordinates: 45°03′49″N 5°20′36″E / 45.0636°N 5.3433°E / 45.0636; 5.3433
CountryFrance
RegionAuvergne-Rhône-Alpes
DepartmentIsère
ArrondissementGrenoble
CantonLe Sud Grésivaudan
Government
 • Mayor (2020–2026) Bernard Grindatto[1]
Area
1
2.9 km2 (1.1 sq mi)
Population
 (Jan. 2019)[2]
785
 • Density270/km2 (700/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code
38319 /38680
Elevation183–788 m (600–2,585 ft)
(avg. 210 m or 690 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

Pont-en-Royans (French pronunciation: ​[pɔ̃.t‿ɑ̃ ʁwajɑ̃]) is a commune in the Isère department in southeastern France.[3]

Geography[edit]

The town is located near the Isère valley at the gates of the Vercors Regional Natural Park. It lies at the meeting of the rivers Bourne (which rises in Lans-en-Vercors) and its tributary the Vernaison (which originates in the territory of Saint-Agnan-en-Vercors). The two rivers together collect most of the waters of the Vercors. The left bank and the river after its confluence are located in the department of Drôme.

Population[edit]

Historical population
YearPop.±%
17931,119—    
18061,443+29.0%
18211,215−15.8%
18311,234+1.6%
18411,255+1.7%
18511,211−3.5%
18611,140−5.9%
18721,084−4.9%
18811,100+1.5%
18911,048−4.7%
19011,056+0.8%
1911948−10.2%
YearPop.±%
1921827−12.8%
19311,002+21.2%
1946895−10.7%
19541,093+22.1%
19621,126+3.0%
19681,132+0.5%
19751,094−3.4%
19821,051−3.9%
1990879−16.4%
1999917+4.3%
2006878−4.3%
2011817−6.9%

Twin towns[edit]

Pont-en-Royans has been twinned with Bassiano, Italy, since 1985.[citation needed]

Sights[edit]

Today, Pont-en-Royans is a village displaying the medieval architecture of the sixteenth century and is famous for its colourful hanging houses. Its original architecture is due to an ingenious adaptation to the environment of the village to promote its trading activity with timber.

  • The water museum aims to explore the water in all its forms. A bar allows water tasting of more than 900 bottled waters of the world.
  • The Choranche caves lead through an underground river of stalactites. Unique amphibians (the proteas) are survivors from the time of dinosaurs.
  • Circus choranche and cascading Gournier.
  • Route des Gorges de la Bourne between Pont-en-Royans and Villard-de-Lans. Corbelled road carved into the rock and classified three stars in the Michelin guide. Work is being undertaken since 2008 to secure the route to the source of many accidents

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Répertoire national des élus: les maires". data.gouv.fr, Plateforme ouverte des données publiques françaises (in French). 2 December 2020.
  2. ^ "Populations légales 2019". The National Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies. 29 December 2021.
  3. ^ INSEE commune file