|Fier et Usses
|14.84 km 2
|5,245 (January 1, 2017)
|353 inhabitants / km 2
Sillingy is located at Annecy (as the crow flies). The village extends slightly higher in a wide valley basin, which is drained to the southeast to the Fier . It is located west of the Montagne de Mandallaz, at the foot of the Tête ( ) with its striking rock formations, in the Genevois ., about nine kilometers northwest of the city of
The area of the 14.84 km² municipal area includes a section of the Genevois. The central part of the area is occupied by the valley basin of Sillingy, which lies at an average of Usses . At , the highest point of Sillingy is reached on the wooded height of Sublessy.and used to be a marshy plain, but is now largely drained. This valley basin is bounded in the east by the Tête (the municipal boundary runs along the foot of the slope) and in the southeast by the ridge of the Montagne d'Age (up to ). Between these two mountains there is a narrow valley that drains the basin and connects it with the city of Annecy. To the west, the municipal area extends to the high plateau of Arzy and the hill country that extends between the valleys of Fier and
In addition to the actual town center, Sillingy also includes various hamlet settlements and farms, including:
- Bromines ( ) on the northern edge of the Annecy basin and at the foot of the Tête
- Chaumontet ( ) in the valley between the Montagne d'Age and the Tête
- La Petite Balme ( ) at the southwest foot of the Tête
- La Croix Blanche ( ) in the Sillingy basin
- Seysolaz ( ) slightly elevated at the northern foot of the Montagne d'Age
- Quincy ( ) on the western slope above the Sillingy basin
- Lugy ( ) on the western slope above the Sillingy basin
- Arzy ( ) on the edge of a high plateau above the Sillingy basin
- La Combe ( ) on the high plateau west of the valley basin
- Sublessy ( ) at the height west of the valley
Sillingy is first mentioned in the 11th century under the name Silingiacus when a priory was founded here. The place name is derived from the Vandal tribe of the Silinger , who settled in the Sillingy area in the 5th century.
The village church of Sillingy dates from the 19th century. The church in La Combe was built in the neo-Romanesque style.
With 5245 inhabitants (as of January 1, 2017), Sillingy is one of the medium-sized municipalities in the Haute-Savoie department. In the course of the 19th and 20th centuries, the number of inhabitants decreased continuously, initially due to strong emigration (in 1861 there were still 1312 inhabitants in Sillingy). Since the beginning of the 1970s, however, thanks to the beautiful residential area and the proximity to Annecy, there has been a marked increase in population. Outside the old town center and in the area of Arzy and La Combe, various single-family house quarters were created.
Economy and Infrastructure
Sillingy was a predominantly agricultural village well into the 20th century . Today there are various small and medium-sized businesses. A commercial zone has developed in recent years, especially at Chaumontet on the main street. Many workers are also commuters who work in the Annecy area.
The village is very well developed in terms of traffic. It is close to the main road N508 which runs from Annecy to Bellegarde-sur-Valserine . Other local road connections exist with Nonglard, Vaulx, Thusy and Mésigny. The closest connection to the A41 motorway is around 8 km away.
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