Chorges

A yachting destination

At the foot of the mountains, Chorges is however a hotspot for yachting activities and water-sports in general. The town owns the two most beautiful spots on the lake, the bays of St Michel and Chenteloube. Both offer a wide variety of sporting activities : yachting, waterskiing, wake-board, jet ski, pulled buoy, angling. All the pleasure of the sea in the mountains.

The St Michel bay is the most visited thanks to its tiny 12th century chapel, rebuilt in the 17th just above the lake surface. It was the only remnant of St Michel when the valley was flooded by the dam.
The Chantelobe bay is an alpine fjord relished by yachting fans. Its wild and sheltered creeks are ideal for boating.

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Population: 2,600
Chef-lieu de canton of Hautes-Alpes (05)
Specialities: tourton (pastry), honey, cheese, gratin dauphinois.
Economy: tourism, agriculture, farming, bottling, food industry.
Sport: yachting, road running, mountain biking.
Celebrities:  Feraud de Nice (bishop of Gap), Guillaume Abelfo (bowls world champion)
Festivals: Mountain festival (June), Saint-Victor Festival (July), Fête de la baie Saint-Michel (August)
Labels: ville fleurie (2), green halt

Timeline

  • 400 BC

    The Caturiges, a Celtic people from central Europe settle in the area.
  • 1st century BC.

    Chorges falls against the armies of Caesar and becomes one of the main towns on the Via Domitia thanks to its market.
  • 354

    Construction of a first church
  • 11th century

    Chorges becomes a stop on the way to Compostela.
  • 12th century

    Construction of current church Saint-Victor.
  • 1277

    The archbishop of Embrun and the Dauphin grant a charter to the inhabitants allowing them to chose their consuls.
  • 14th century

    Plague forces Chorges to build ramparts.
  • 1585

    The town is captured by the Duke of Lesdiguieres.
  • 1692

    The town is plundered by Duke Amadeus of Savoy leading the troops of the League of Augsburg.
  • 1790

    The structures of the Hautes-Alpes department are discussed in the church of Chorges.
  • 1900

    Construction of the railway viaduct of Les Moulettes, which was never used.
  • 1955

    Construction of the Serre-Poncon dam
No previous stage
Population: 2,600
Chef-lieu de canton of Hautes-Alpes (05)
Specialities: tourton (pastry), honey, cheese, gratin dauphinois.
Economy: tourism, agriculture, farming, bottling, food industry.
Sport: yachting, road running, mountain biking.
Celebrities:  Feraud de Nice (bishop of Gap), Guillaume Abelfo (bowls world champion)
Festivals: Mountain festival (June), Saint-Victor Festival (July), Fête de la baie Saint-Michel (August)
Labels: ville fleurie (2), green halt

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Chorges and cycling

Time-trials held around lakes often delivered extraordinary performances and it should again be the case in Chorges, by the Serre-Poncon lake. In 2009, around the lake of Annecy, Alberto Contador had outclassed the rest of the field. In 1993, the banks of the Lake of Madine had seen Miguel Indurain conquer the yellow jersey. Three years earlier, by the lake of Vassiviere, Greg LeMond had dethroned Claudio Chiappucci one day before the finish in Paris.

The Serre-Poncon lake is familiar with cyclists as it is regularly the site of the Serre-Poncon Gran Fondo, organised by  associations Team 05 and Velo Chorges Passion.

No previous stage
Population: 2,600
Chef-lieu de canton of Hautes-Alpes (05)
Specialities: tourton (pastry), honey, cheese, gratin dauphinois.
Economy: tourism, agriculture, farming, bottling, food industry.
Sport: yachting, road running, mountain biking.
Celebrities:  Feraud de Nice (bishop of Gap), Guillaume Abelfo (bowls world champion)
Festivals: Mountain festival (June), Saint-Victor Festival (July), Fête de la baie Saint-Michel (August)
Labels: ville fleurie (2), green halt

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Places to see

Saint-Victor church

The village church was first built between 354 and 374 on the site of an old temple to Diane. The second church was dedicated to St Victor, martyr of Marseille in the 6th century and handed to the monks of the powerful St Victor abbey in 1020. The current church was built in the new village in the 12th century and went through hard times. Plundered by mercenaries in 1517, it was destroyed by Protestants led by Louis Ayme in 1569 and occupied by Protestant leader Lesdiguieres in 1585. It was also burnt down one century later by the troops of the Duke of Savoy. Its moment of glory came in 1790 when the department of Hautes-Alpes was created inside its walls.   

Viaduct of Les Moulettes

The 234-metres long viaduct and its 14 arches were supposed to be part of railway line between Chorges and Barcelonette, which was planned in the early 20th century but was never completed and was abandoned in 1936. 

No previous stage
Population: 2,600
Chef-lieu de canton of Hautes-Alpes (05)
Specialities: tourton (pastry), honey, cheese, gratin dauphinois.
Economy: tourism, agriculture, farming, bottling, food industry.
Sport: yachting, road running, mountain biking.
Celebrities:  Feraud de Nice (bishop of Gap), Guillaume Abelfo (bowls world champion)
Festivals: Mountain festival (June), Saint-Victor Festival (July), Fête de la baie Saint-Michel (August)
Labels: ville fleurie (2), green halt

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Birth of department

Chorges was briefly chosen as the chef-lieu of the Hautes-Alpes department when it was created in 1790 because of its neutral position between Embrun and Gap, who were competing for the title.

Between July 4 and 15 of the same year, the 226 electors of the new department gathered in the church of Chorges to create the new administrative body. The differences were many, but Gap was finally chosen as the chef-lieu of Hautes-Alpes at the expense of Embrun and Chorges, which became cantonal chef-lieu.

The meeting of the constitutive assembly was celebrated 200 years later in July 1990, when the department's general councillors gathered in Chorges, dressed in 18th century clothes to reproduce the original meeting. By analysing the points on the agenda, they realised that the issues of the 18th century were practically identical to their own: budget, resources, roads…

A film was made of the new meeting.

No previous stage
Population: 2,600
Chef-lieu de canton of Hautes-Alpes (05)
Specialities: tourton (pastry), honey, cheese, gratin dauphinois.
Economy: tourism, agriculture, farming, bottling, food industry.
Sport: yachting, road running, mountain biking.
Celebrities:  Feraud de Nice (bishop of Gap), Guillaume Abelfo (bowls world champion)
Festivals: Mountain festival (June), Saint-Victor Festival (July), Fête de la baie Saint-Michel (August)
Labels: ville fleurie (2), green halt

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