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Annecy is a poular tourist destination and is particularly well known for its hang-gliding and para-gliding sites. Other attractions include the warm climate, beautiful scenery, winter sports and array of watersports.
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Annecy is a commune in the Haute Savoie department in France, located in the Rhone Alpes region in the south eastern part of the country. Annecy lies on the northern tip of Lake Annecy. During the French Revolution the Savoy region was conquered by France and Annecy became attached to the department of Mont Blanc. Later on, in 1860, Annecy became the capital of the new department of Haute Savoie. Annecy is a wonderful place, where you can get a glimpse of the history, culture and civilisation of the area.
Top Attractions Within Annecy
The Palais d'Isle is a wonderful castle in Annecy, in the centre of Thiou. The castle was built in 1132 and its triangular shape is reminiscent of the prow of a galley anchored in the river. The castle was the primary residence of the Lord d'Annecy as early as the 12th century and later became the administrative headquarters of Count de Geneva. Eventually, the castle was a courthouse, a mint, a jail and today it houses the local history museum.
Annecy Cathedral is a wonderful Catholic cathedral and one of the most beautiful monuments in France. It was built at the beginning of the 16th century by Jacques Rossel as a chapel. During the French Revolution, the building was used as a temple for the Goddess of Reason and it was re-made a cathedral in 1822.
Chateau d'Annecy is a beautifully restored castle which dominates the old French town of Annecy. It was bought by the town, restored and transformed into a museum. The castle was built between the 12th and 16th centuries and served as residence of the Counts of Geneva and the Dukes of Genevois-Nemours.
The Museum of Alpine Popular Art is particularly interesting in Annecy, since it houses numerous regional sculptures and paintings. There is an important collection of vernacular furniture, dating back to the 15th century, sculpted objects, photographs and models of the Alpine chalets. It is a glimpse back into the past of Annecy.