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Coat of arms of Marcellaz-Albanais
Marcellaz-Albanais (France)
region Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
Department Haute-Savoie
Arrondissement Annecy
Canton Rumilly
Community association Rumilly Terre de Savoie
Coordinates 45 ° 52 ′  N , 6 ° 0 ′  E Coordinates: 45 ° 52 ′  N , 6 ° 0 ′  E
height 340-729 m
surface 14.54 km 2
Residents 1,906 (January 1, 2017)
Population density 131 inhabitants / km 2
Post Code 74150
INSEE code

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


Marcellaz-Albanais is 550  m , near Rumilly , about ten kilometers west of the city of Annecy (as the crow flies). The former farming village extends in the foothills of the Alps on a high plateau in northern Albanais , south of the Fier Valley .

The area of ​​the 14.54 square kilometers large municipal area covers a section of the Albanais. The northern border runs along the left edge of the valley of the Fier, which flows here in a broad valley floor from east to west. From the Val de Fier, the municipality extends southwards onto the undulating hilly landscape that extends between the valleys of Fier and Chéran . The landscape is subdivided by various boggy depressions and valley cuts. At 729  m , the highest point of Marcellaz-Albanais is reached at the height of Les Lanches .

In addition to the actual town center, Marcellaz-Albanais also includes numerous hamlet settlements and farmsteads, including:

  • Faramaz ( 420  m ) on a terrace on the southern slope of the Fier; the western part of the hamlet belongs to Sales
  • Chenanche ( 480  m ) on a ledge on the southern slope of the Fier
  • Peignat ( 550  m ) high above the wide valley of the Chéran
  • Germagny ( 570  m ) on a ledge high above the wide valley of the Chéran
  • Chaunu ( 580  m ) high above the wide valley of the Chéran
  • Joudrain ( 575  m ) east of the village
  • Oilly ( 610  m ) on a ledge east of the village
  • La Molière ( 640  m ) on the southwest slope at the height of Les Lanches
  • Montmasson ( 630  m ) on the southern slope at the height of Les Lanches

Neighboring municipalities of Marcellaz-Albanais are Hauteville-sur-Fier in the north, Étercy , Chavanod and Montagny-les-Lanches in the east, Chapeiry and Saint-Sylvestre in the south and Boussy and Sales in the west.


The first written mention of Marcellaz was in 1344 under the name Marsolaz . The place name goes back to the Gallo-Roman personal name Marcellus and means something like Marcellus' estate. In the Middle Ages , Marcellaz belonged to the Hauteville dominion. In the 19th century, Marcellaz was often also called Marcellaz-en-Genevois to make it easier to distinguish from the commune of the same name in Faucigny . In 1921 the now official name Marcellaz-Albanais was introduced. The area changed in 1923 when the hamlet of Champagne and the southern valley floor of the Fier were separated from Marcellaz and Hauteville-sur-Fier was added.


The current parish church was built from 1842 to 1843 on the site of a previous building (built in 1624) in the style of Sardinian neoclassicism , whereby the bell tower of the previous church was retained. In 1963 the church underwent a comprehensive restoration. There are four mansions in the municipality, all of which date from the Middle Ages, namely the castles of Marcellaz, Faramaz, Vernay and Pieuillet. The Musée de l'Art de l'Enfance, a children's toy museum, is well worth a visit.


year Residents
1962 0670
1968 0599
1975 0649
1982 0839
1990 1,226
1999 1,401
2005 1,629

With 1906 inhabitants (as of January 1, 2017) Marcellaz-Albanais is one of the smaller communities in the Haute-Savoie department. In the course of the 20th century, the number of inhabitants decreased continuously due to strong emigration (in 1901 there were still 1215 inhabitants in Marcellaz-Albanais). Since the mid-1970s, however, due to its location and proximity to Annecy, the place recorded a marked increase in population.

Economy and Infrastructure

Marcellaz-Albanais was a predominantly agricultural village well into the 20th century . Today there are various small business enterprises. Otherwise the village has developed into a residential community. Many workers are commuters who go to work in the larger towns in the area, especially in the Annecy area.

The village is off the major thoroughfares on the D16, which leads from Annecy to Rumilly . Other road links exist with Hauteville-sur-Fier, Saint-Sylvestre and Montagny-les-Lanches. The closest connection to the  A41 motorway is around twelve kilometers away. In the neighboring village of Hauteville-sur-Fier, the Marcellaz-Hauteville station was on the Aix-les-Bains-Annemasse railway line .

Web links

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