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Bassy (France)
region Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
Department Haute-Savoie
Arrondissement Saint-Julien-en-Genevois
Canton Saint-Julien-en-Genevois
Community association Usses and Rhône
Coordinates 45 ° 59 ′  N , 5 ° 50 ′  E Coordinates: 45 ° 59 ′  N , 5 ° 50 ′  E
height 260-442 m
surface 7.57 km 2
Residents 413 (January 1, 2017)
Population density 55 inhabitants / km 2
Post Code 74910
INSEE code


Bassy is a French commune in the department of Haute-Savoie in the region of Auvergne Rhône-Alpes .


Bassy is located at 316  m , near Seyssel , about 25 km west-northwest of the city of Annecy (as the crow flies). The farming village extends on a plateau that drops steeply to the Rhone , above the confluence of the Usses into the Rhône, at the eastern foot of the Jura , in the Genevois .

The area of ​​the 7.57 km² large municipality covers a section of the western Genevois. The area is bordered in the west and south-west by the Rhône, which flows here in a valley that is clearly cut into the surrounding area, and in the south-east by the valley of the Usses. From these rivers, the community area extends northwards over a gently rising slope. Below Challonges, the highest point of Bassy is reached at 442  m .

In addition to the actual town center, Bassy also includes several hamlet settlements and farms, including:

  • Veytrens ( 365  m ) on the slope below Challonges
  • Chez les Métral ( 385  m ) on the plateau east of the Rhône valley

Neighboring communities of Bassy are Challonges in the north, Usinens in the northeast, Seyssel in the southeast and Corbonod and Chanay in the west.


The municipality of Bassy was already settled in the Neolithic and Roman times. The place name goes back to the Gallo-Roman surname Bassius and means estate of Bassius . In 1793 the previously independent municipality Veytrens was incorporated into Bassy.


The village church, which stands on a rocky promontory over the Rhône, dates from the 19th century. Nearby is the originally medieval castle with its three towers, which was redesigned in the 18th and 19th centuries.

Population development

year Residents
1962 294
1968 280
1975 263
1982 256
1990 312
1999 328
2006 396

With 413 inhabitants (as of January 1, 2017), Bassy is one of the small communities in the Haute-Savoie department. In the course of the 19th and 20th centuries, the number of inhabitants decreased continuously due to strong emigration (in 1861 there were still 656 inhabitants in Bassy). Since the beginning of the 1980s, however, there has been a significant increase in population.

Economy and Infrastructure

Bassy is still a predominantly agricultural village today . Bassy is located in the Savoie wine-growing region . White wines made from the Altesse grape variety (locally called Roussette ) may be marketed under the protected designation of origin Roussette de Savoie . The AOC Vin de Savoie applies to white wines of other grape varieties and red wines . There are also some local small businesses. Many workers are commuters who go to work in the larger towns in the area.

The village is located away from the larger thoroughfares. Local road connections exist with Seyssel, Challonges and Desingy. The closest connection to the A40 motorway is around 12 km away.

Web links

Commons : Bassy  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. ^ A b Bassy - notice communale. In: Retrieved April 26, 2014 (French).