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Dingy-Saint-Clair (France)
region Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
Department Haute-Savoie
Arrondissement Annecy
Canton Faverges
Community association Vallées de Thônes
Coordinates 45 ° 55 '  N , 6 ° 13'  E Coordinates: 45 ° 55 '  N , 6 ° 13'  E
height 492-1,856 m
surface 34.12 km 2
Residents 1,433 (January 1, 2017)
Population density 42 inhabitants / km 2
Post Code 74230
INSEE code

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


Dingy-Saint-Clair is located at 594  m , about eight kilometers east of the city of Annecy (as the crow flies). The farming village extends in a hollow on the northern edge of the wide valley of the Fier at the upper entrance to the Défilé de Dingy, in the Bornes Alps at the southern foot of the Tête du Parmelan with its striking rock formations.

The area of ​​the 34.12 km² municipal area covers a section of the Bornes Alps. The southern border runs along the Fier, which flows here from east to west through a basin and then breaks through the edge of the Bornes Alps in the deeply cut Klus Défilé de Dingy . The main settlement area forms the valley basin of the Fier and its northern side valley of the village stream of Dingy. This valley is bordered in the west by the Montagne de la Cha ( 1278  m ), in the north by the Tête du Parmelan ( 1832  m ) and in the east by Mont Teret .

The entire north-eastern part of the municipality is taken up by the undulating plateau of the Bornes Alps. On the high plateau of the Tête du Parmelan there is an impassable cart field that is one of the largest of its kind in the entire Alpine arc. It close to the east, the valley of the Vallée du Pertuis , the crest of Mont Teret (up to 1780  m , also with carts fields), the trench of Ablon and the karst ridge of the Tête Ronde on which with 1,863  meters the highest elevation of Dingy- Saint Clair is reached.

In addition to the actual center of Dingy, Dingy-Saint-Clair also includes various hamlet settlements and farms, including:

  • Nanoir ( 590  m ) at the western foot of the Montagne de la Cha above the Fier valley cut
  • Saint-Clair ( 600  m ) at the western entrance to the Défilé de Dingy
  • Glandon ( 540  m ) at the eastern entrance to the Défilé de Dingy
  • Provenat ( 590  m ) in the valley of the Fier
  • Chessenay ( 620  m ) on the northern slope of the Fier
  • La Blonnière ( 960  m ) in the valley of Dingy, at the foot of the Tête du Parmelan

Neighboring municipalities of Dingy-Saint-Clair are Villaz , Aviernoz and Thorens-Glières in the north, La Balme-de-Thuy in the east, Alex in the south and Annecy-le-Vieux and Nâves-Parmelan in the west.


Dingy, originally Dimiacum , appears in documents under the name Dongi in the 13th century .


The parish church of Saint-Etienne dates from the Middle Ages. The 15th century flamboyant style choir has been preserved, while the nave was rebuilt in the 19th century. The church has stained glass windows from the 16th and 20th centuries. The Saint-Claire-de-la-Cluse chapel was built in the 19th century on the ruins of a Cluniac priory founded in the 10th century. Another chapel is in the hamlet of La Blonnière. Also worth seeing is the Pont Saint-Clair, which leads over the Fier in the gorge (Défilé de Dingy).


Population development
year Residents
1962 420
1968 440
1975 429
1982 477
1990 658
1999 915
2005 1,171

With 1,433 inhabitants (as of January 1, 2017), Dingy-Saint-Clair is one of the smaller 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, Dingy-Saint-Clair had 1,076 inhabitants). Since the beginning of the 1980s, however, there has been a significant increase in population.

Economy and Infrastructure

Dingy-Saint-Clair was a predominantly agricultural village until well into the 20th century . Today there are various local small businesses. Otherwise the village has developed into a residential community. Many workers are commuters who work in the Annecy area.

The village is off the main thoroughfares, but is easily accessible from the D16, which leads from Annecy to Thônes . Further road connections exist with La Balme-de-Thuy and Menthon-Saint-Bernard . The closest connection to the A41 motorway is around 13 km away.

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