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Thyez Coat of Arms
Thyez (France)
region Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
Department Haute-Savoie
Arrondissement Bonneville
Canton Cluses
Community association Cluses-Arve et Montagnes
Coordinates 46 ° 5 '  N , 6 ° 32'  E Coordinates: 46 ° 5 '  N , 6 ° 32'  E
height 461-1,347 m
surface 9.81 km 2
Residents 6,198 (January 1, 2017)
Population density 632 inhabitants / km 2
Post Code 74300
INSEE code

Thyez , partly Thiez written, is a French commune in the department of Haute-Savoie in the region of Auvergne Rhône-Alpes .


Thyez is located at around 470  m , northwest of Cluses , about 32 kilometers east-southeast of the city of Geneva (as the crow flies). The village extends in the middle of the broad Arve valley , in the Savoy Alps , in Faucigny .

The area of ​​the 9.81 km² municipal area includes a section of the central Arve valley. The southern border runs partly along the Arve, which flows here in a wide valley from east to west, and partly in the plain south of the river. From the course of the river, the community area extends northward over the flat floodplain and alluvial plain. The northern part of the municipality has a much stronger relief. It occupies the southern slope of the Mont Orchez mountain range , which separates the Arve valley from the Giffre valley. On the rocky summit of Mont Orchez, Thyez's highest peak is reached at 1343  m .

In addition to the actual town center, Thyez includes various outlying settlements and hamlets, including:

  • Les Granges ( 485  m ) at the southern foot of Mont Orchez
  • Les Bossons ( 480  m ) at the southern foot of Mont Orchez
  • Le Nanty ( 478  m ) in the Arve valley on the outskirts of Cluses
  • Le Crot ( 760  m ) on the southern slope of Mont Orchez
  • Sur le Cou ( 960  m ) on a saddle of the Mont Orchez mountain range

Neighboring municipalities of Thyez are Mieussy in the north, Châtillon-sur-Cluses and Cluses in the east, Scionzier , Marnaz and Vougy in the south and Marignier in the west.


The municipal area of ​​Thyez was already settled in Roman times, which could be proven by the wall foundations of a Martian temple (at the site of today's church).

The place is first mentioned in 1221 when Rodolphe de Lucinges, Lord of Faucigny, donated his property in Thyez to the Carthusian monastery of Le Reposoir . The place name goes back to the patois expression they (linden tree).


The Saint-Théodule church originally dates back to the 11th century. It was built in the Romanesque-Byzantine style and two chapels were added in the 12th and 15th centuries. The Château de la Crête dates from the 13th century and was later rebuilt and restored several times.


Population development
year Residents
1962 951
1968 1,281
1975 1,935
1982 3.117
1990 4,109
1999 4,873

With 6198 inhabitants (as of January 1, 2017) Thyez is one of the medium-sized communities in the Haute-Savoie department. In the last few decades there has been a marked increase in population. Outside the old town center, numerous single and multi-family houses as well as commercial zones were created. The Thyez settlement area has now grown together with that of Cluses.

Economy and Infrastructure

Thyez was a predominantly agricultural village well into the 20th century . Agriculture (arable farming, livestock and dairy farming) still has a certain importance today. Viticulture is practiced on the sun-exposed southern slopes in the vicinity of the village . There are also numerous small and medium-sized businesses. A commercial and industrial zone has developed on the edge of the old village. Companies from the construction industry, precision mechanics, electronics, metal construction and precision engineering workshops have settled here. Many workers are also commuters who work in the larger towns in the area.

The place is well developed in terms of traffic. It is located on a departmental road that leads from Marnaz to Saint-Jeoire . There are other road links with Cluses and Bonneville . The closest connection to the A40 motorway is around five km away.

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