Annecy

Noctibules

Every year in mid-July, the Noctibules festival takes to the streets of Annecy and raises the temperature of the city. The Noctibules is the name given to four nights of show, from July 17 to 20 in 2013, including street arts, air shows and fireworks, circus and brass bands.

Some 30 companies are invited and the free shows are presented to the public of all ages in the streets of Annecy. The 2012 edition had seen the town welcome one of the greatest pyrotechnic show on earth, Groupe F, who illuminated the greatest building in the worlds and took part in countless opening ceremonies. 

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L’église Saint-Maurice lors des animations des Noctibules ©photothèque Ville d'Annecy
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population: 52,000
Prefecture of Haute-Savoie (74)
Slogan: the Venice of Savoy, the Venice of the Alps.
Specialities: fish of the lake, tartiflette, diots (sausage), atriaux (pork meat with liver), crozets (pasta), cardons (vegetable), tome des Bauges (cheese), rissoles (pastry), bugnes (buns), grolle (coffee alcohol), roseaux du lac (chocolate), genepi (spirit).  
Economy: tourism, ski, cheese, chemistry.
Sport: Chevaliers du Lac (hockey), Military World Winter Games 2013, Evian-Thonon Gaillard (football).
Celebrities: Jeannie Longo (cycling), Marc Veyrat (chef), Sadi Carnot (politician), Andre Dussolier (actor), Veronique Jannot (actress), Francois-Rene Duchable (pianist), Roger Menetrey (boxing), Xavier Revil (sailing),
Festivals: Venitian Carnival (February), International Animation Film Festival, International Film Festival, Noctibules (July).
Labels: Ville d'art et d'histoire, ville fleurie (quatre fleurs), 20th century heritage.

Timeline

  • 1st century BC

    A Gaul village settles on the site of an oppidum at the foot of the Semnoz. The Romans found the vicus of Boutae destroyed in the 5th century.
  • 8th century

    A large royal domain, Villa Aniciaca, settle on the hill of Annecy-le-Vieux (the old town).
  • 11th century

    Creation of Annecey-le-Neuf (new town) at the foot of a defensive tower on the Semnoz.
  • Late 12th century

    Installation of the counts of Geneva at the Novel manor-house then in the castle.
  • 1401

    Annecy and the Geneva County are acquired by Count Amadeus VII of Savoy.
  • 1568 - 1578

    Ange Giustiniani is the first bishop of Geneva to reside in Annecy.
  • 1602 - 1622

    St Francis de Sales becomes the bishop of Annecy and creates the Visitation order with Jane Frances de Chantal.
  • 1691 – 1696 and 1703 –1713

    French occupation
  • 1742 - 1748

    Spanish occupation.
  • 1795

    Growth of textile industry thanks Geneva funds.
  • 1815

    The town reintegrates the Kingdom of Piedmont-Sardinia.
  • 1860

    Annecy chooses to become French.
  • 1863

    The town buys back the Casino-Theatre and restores it completely.
  • 1950

    Fourth reconstruction of the Casino-theatre. The new building, conceived by Paul Jacquet can entertain an audience of 880.
  • 1981

    The Caisno-Theatre is definitely demolished and transformed into a huge park by the lake.
Annecy, le petit port et château vers 1905 ©Semnoz
3 previous stages
population: 52,000
Prefecture of Haute-Savoie (74)
Slogan: the Venice of Savoy, the Venice of the Alps.
Specialities: fish of the lake, tartiflette, diots (sausage), atriaux (pork meat with liver), crozets (pasta), cardons (vegetable), tome des Bauges (cheese), rissoles (pastry), bugnes (buns), grolle (coffee alcohol), roseaux du lac (chocolate), genepi (spirit).  
Economy: tourism, ski, cheese, chemistry.
Sport: Chevaliers du Lac (hockey), Military World Winter Games 2013, Evian-Thonon Gaillard (football).
Celebrities: Jeannie Longo (cycling), Marc Veyrat (chef), Sadi Carnot (politician), Andre Dussolier (actor), Veronique Jannot (actress), Francois-Rene Duchable (pianist), Roger Menetrey (boxing), Xavier Revil (sailing),
Festivals: Venitian Carnival (February), International Animation Film Festival, International Film Festival, Noctibules (July).
Labels: Ville d'art et d'histoire, ville fleurie (quatre fleurs), 20th century heritage.

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Annecy and cycling

Fifty years separated the last two visits of the Tour de France in Annecy, Rolf Graf's victory in 1959 and the round-the-lake individual time-trial won by Alberto Contador in 2009. The peloton makes it back much more rapidly in the Venice of the Alps, four years after the last Tour visit. While the lake made famous by poet Lamartine was the highlight of the 2009 stage, the mountains over Annecy are now the stars of the show.

While the Tour shunned Annecy for half-century, the town was a traditional start for the Criterium du Dauphine, which stopped in town 22 times with stage wins by Jean Robic, Bernard Hinault, Charly Mottet or Jean-Francois Bernard. The first stage held in Annecy in 1939 was won by Dutchman Albert Van Schendel. His brother Antoon had also won a stage in the previous edition. Annecy is also the birthplace of Jeannie Longo.

TOUR DE FRANCE 1959 : AOSTE/ANNECY, Rolf Graf  Presse SportsTOUR DE FRANCE 1959: ANNECY / CHALON / SAONE : Jean Robic Presse Sports
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population: 52,000
Prefecture of Haute-Savoie (74)
Slogan: the Venice of Savoy, the Venice of the Alps.
Specialities: fish of the lake, tartiflette, diots (sausage), atriaux (pork meat with liver), crozets (pasta), cardons (vegetable), tome des Bauges (cheese), rissoles (pastry), bugnes (buns), grolle (coffee alcohol), roseaux du lac (chocolate), genepi (spirit).  
Economy: tourism, ski, cheese, chemistry.
Sport: Chevaliers du Lac (hockey), Military World Winter Games 2013, Evian-Thonon Gaillard (football).
Celebrities: Jeannie Longo (cycling), Marc Veyrat (chef), Sadi Carnot (politician), Andre Dussolier (actor), Veronique Jannot (actress), Francois-Rene Duchable (pianist), Roger Menetrey (boxing), Xavier Revil (sailing),
Festivals: Venitian Carnival (February), International Animation Film Festival, International Film Festival, Noctibules (July).
Labels: Ville d'art et d'histoire, ville fleurie (quatre fleurs), 20th century heritage.

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Places to see

Castle

Overlooking the city, the castle of Annecy is the old residence lf the counts of Geneva and the Dukes of Genevois-Nemours, a branch of the House of Savoy. Built between the 12th and 16th centuries, the castle was burnt down several times and was abandoned in the 17th century before being turned into barracks until 1947. It was then bought by the municipality of Annecy in 1953 and restored with the help of the Historic Monuments Service.  It now houses the Museum of modern and regional arts and a regional office of Alpine lakes.

Palais de l'Isle 

The palace was built in the 12th century in the middle of the Canal du Thiou. Now a museum it had several functions in the course of history. The palace of the lords of Annecy in the 12th century, it became an administrative building when the Counts of Geneva settled in the city.
It also served as monetary office and a prison.

St Francis de Sales church

Edified in 1614 and consecrated 40 years later, the church is definitely Baroque but with a strong Lombard inspiration. The remains of St Francis de Sales and Jane Frances de Chantal used to rest there before being transferred to the basilica. Turned into barracks by the Revolution, then into a manufacture, it was again open to cult in 1923.   

St Maurice church

An old 15th century Dominican church, it is typical of the late Gothic style in Savoy. Chapels dedicated to the noble families of Annecy were built on each side of the nave. Turned into a grain barn and a stable after the Revolution it was returned to the church in 1804.

Annecy Lake

12-kms long and 800 metres to 3.2-km wide, the lake of Annecy lies at the bottom of an old glacier valley at 448 metres of altitude. Not extremely deep – 41.5 metres average depth -, it is fuelled by several streams while its waters are evacuated by the Thiou and the Vasse canal, themselves flowing into the Fier, a subsidiary of the Rhone. Le Pont des Amours (Bridge of Love) is the most famous site on the lake.

Château © photothèque Ville d'AnnecyPalais de l'Ile © Photothèque Ville d'AnnecyEglise Saint François de Sales © photothèque Ville d'AnnecyLac d'Annecy © photothèque Ville d'AnnecyL’église Saint-Maurice ©Nukri Komin
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population: 52,000
Prefecture of Haute-Savoie (74)
Slogan: the Venice of Savoy, the Venice of the Alps.
Specialities: fish of the lake, tartiflette, diots (sausage), atriaux (pork meat with liver), crozets (pasta), cardons (vegetable), tome des Bauges (cheese), rissoles (pastry), bugnes (buns), grolle (coffee alcohol), roseaux du lac (chocolate), genepi (spirit).  
Economy: tourism, ski, cheese, chemistry.
Sport: Chevaliers du Lac (hockey), Military World Winter Games 2013, Evian-Thonon Gaillard (football).
Celebrities: Jeannie Longo (cycling), Marc Veyrat (chef), Sadi Carnot (politician), Andre Dussolier (actor), Veronique Jannot (actress), Francois-Rene Duchable (pianist), Roger Menetrey (boxing), Xavier Revil (sailing),
Festivals: Venitian Carnival (February), International Animation Film Festival, International Film Festival, Noctibules (July).
Labels: Ville d'art et d'histoire, ville fleurie (quatre fleurs), 20th century heritage.

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St Francis de Sales Press "Tycoon"

A major personality in the history of French Catholicism, St Francis de Sales is also considered as one of the pioneers of the press, which made him the patron saint of the profession.

Born in 1567 in the castle of Sales, near Thorens, in a rural nobility family, Francis was sent to Paris to study Law. He also followed courses in theology in the same time. After his licence, he went to Padova to obtain his doctorate. A lawyer in Chambery he finally decided to dedicate his life to his faith in a region rocked by a constant struggle between Catholics and the Calvinists. Francis de Sales renounced to all his nobility titles and to his mandate a senator of Savoy to conquer souls back to the Catholic faith. Ordered by the bishop of Geneva, in exile in Annecy, to preach in the Chablais, won over by the Reformation, he visited the whole region and printed leaflets to be sent to the most remote villages and posted on the walls. The first newspapers were born!

To send his message across to the illiterate, Francis de Sales preached in towns and villages, on squares, and is eloquence was such that his mission was successful within two years. He then settled in Annecy and entirely reorganised his diocese, teaching new priests, re-establishing monasteries while fulfilling diplomatic duties. He never ceased writing and his influence on the faithful of his time was immense.  In 1610, with baroness Janes Frances de Chantal, he founded a new congregation, the Order of Visitation. Exhausted by the gruelling  work done, he was struck with apoplexy and died shortly after Christmas, 1622, at the age of 55. His body lies in the monastery of Visitation built in 1911.

Saint François de Sales ©KelsonStatue de François de Sales à Annecy  ©Brücke-Osteuropa
3 previous stages
population: 52,000
Prefecture of Haute-Savoie (74)
Slogan: the Venice of Savoy, the Venice of the Alps.
Specialities: fish of the lake, tartiflette, diots (sausage), atriaux (pork meat with liver), crozets (pasta), cardons (vegetable), tome des Bauges (cheese), rissoles (pastry), bugnes (buns), grolle (coffee alcohol), roseaux du lac (chocolate), genepi (spirit).  
Economy: tourism, ski, cheese, chemistry.
Sport: Chevaliers du Lac (hockey), Military World Winter Games 2013, Evian-Thonon Gaillard (football).
Celebrities: Jeannie Longo (cycling), Marc Veyrat (chef), Sadi Carnot (politician), Andre Dussolier (actor), Veronique Jannot (actress), Francois-Rene Duchable (pianist), Roger Menetrey (boxing), Xavier Revil (sailing),
Festivals: Venitian Carnival (February), International Animation Film Festival, International Film Festival, Noctibules (July).
Labels: Ville d'art et d'histoire, ville fleurie (quatre fleurs), 20th century heritage.

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