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Cruseilles (France)
region Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
Department Haute-Savoie
Arrondissement Saint-Julien-en-Genevois
Canton La Roche-sur-Foron
Community association Pays de Cruseilles
Coordinates 46 ° 2 ′  N , 6 ° 6 ′  E Coordinates: 46 ° 2 ′  N , 6 ° 6 ′  E
height 447-1,310 m
surface 25.41 km 2
Residents 4,431 (January 1, 2017)
Population density 174 inhabitants / km 2
Post Code 74350
INSEE code

Cruseilles is a French commune in the department of Haute-Savoie in the region of Auvergne Rhône-Alpes . It belongs to the canton of La Roche-sur-Foron in the arrondissement of Saint-Julien-en-Genevois .


Cruseilles is located at 783  m , about 15 kilometers north of the city of Annecy (as the crow flies). The village extends in a promising location on a ledge on the southern edge of the Salève , around 300 m above the valley floor of Les Usses , in the Genevois .

The area of ​​the 25.41 km² municipal area includes a section of the Genevois. The southern border runs along the Usses , a left tributary of the Rhone , which flows here in a deep valley. South of Cruseilles, the Usses break through the valley between the Salève and the Mont Pelé in a gorge spanned by the Ponts de la Caille. From the Usses, the municipality extends north over the height of Cruseilles ( 860  m ) to the ridge of the southwestern Salève, on which the highest elevation of Cruseilles is reached at 1310  m .

In addition to the actual village, Cruseilles also includes numerous hamlet settlements and farms, including:

  • Chozal ( 456  m ) on the Usses
  • Les Goths ( 460  m ) on the Usses
  • Féchy ( 630  m ) on a terrace above the Usses valley
  • Ronzier ( 600  m ) on a terrace above the Usses valley
  • Le Noiret ( 720  m ) above the Gorges des Usses
  • Deyrier ( 750  m ) above the Usses valley
  • Les Faulats ( 720  m ) at the foot of the Salève
  • L'Abergement ( 877  m ) on the southern slope of the Salève

Neighboring municipalities of Cruseilles are Présilly in the north, Vovray-en-Bornes , Villy-le-Bouveret and Groisy in the east, Villy-le-Pelloux , Allonzier-la-Caille and Cercier in the south and Copponex and Saint-Blaise in the west.


Cruseilles is first mentioned in the early 12th century under the name Crusilla . Until the end of the 18th century, the spelling Crusillie was common. The sources do not agree on the origin of the place name. One possible interpretation is the derivation from the personal name Cursillius , on the other hand the word could also be traced back to croisille (street crossing).

In the Middle Ages , Cruseilles formed its own rule that was subordinate to the Counts of Geneva. In 1282 the place received certain liberties. In the 16th century Cruseilles came to the Dukes of Savoy and from then on shared the fate of Savoy.


The Pont de la Caille

The Saint-Maurice church was built in 1848 and remodeled in 1866. In the area of ​​Cruseilles there are several castles and manors, including the Château de Beccon, the Château des Avenières (20th century) on the southern slope of the Salève, the Maison de Fésigny (originally from the 14th century) and the Maison de Pontverre ( 17th century). The gorge of Les Usses is spanned by an imposing suspension bridge - the Pont de la Caille - which was completed in 1839. Next to it is the newer road bridge from 1928, the Pont Caquot .

Population development

year Residents
1962 1,539
1968 1,610
1975 1,837
1982 2,300
1990 2,716
1999 3,186

With 4,431 inhabitants (as of January 1, 2017), Cruseilles is one of the medium-sized communities in the Haute-Savoie department. Since the beginning of the 1970s, thanks to the attractive residential area, there has been a significant increase in population. Numerous single-family houses were built outside the old town center.

Economy and Infrastructure

For a long time, Cruseilles was an agricultural and retail community. Today there are various small and medium-sized businesses. Many workers are commuters who work mainly in the Annecy and Geneva-Annemasse area.

The place is well developed in terms of traffic. It is on the main road N201, which leads from Saint-Julien-en-Genevois over the Col du Mont Sion to Annecy . In the foreseeable future, the town center should be relieved by the motorway from Annecy to Saint-Julien-en-Genevois, the construction of which began in 2006. Other road connections exist with La Roche-sur-Foron and Sallenôves ; Furthermore, Cruseilles is the southern starting point of the tourist route over the Mont Salève. The closest connection to the A41 motorway is around 6 km away.

Sons and daughters

Web links

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