French Souvenir: Resin Fridge Magnet of Annecy
Annecy is a small commune located in the Haute-Savoie region situated in the Rhone-Alpesregion, in the southeastern area of France. It is positioned on the northern end of the Lake Annecy, which is about twenty-two miles towards the south of Geneva. The resin fridge magnet above is a classic depiction of the beautiful commune and displays a nice view of it amidst the Annecy Lake.
History of Annecy
When the counts of Geneva passed away, Annecy was joined together with the possessions of the House of Savoy during 1401. During 1441, the Princes of Savoy made Annecy the capital of a region that comprised of the areas belonging to Princes Faucigny, Beaufortain and Genevois. When Calvinism began developing during 1535, Annecy grew in importance. It was annexed with the region of Mont Blanc when Savoy was captured by France during the famous French Revolution. Annecy was later given back to the Kingdom of Sardinia in 1815 and was declared the capital of Haute-Savoie when France bought Savoy in 1860.
Places to Visit in Annecy
Annecy is jam-packed with lots of interesting tourist destinations. Some of the important ones are:
- The Cathedral of Saint-Pierre: It is a beautiful sixteenth century cathedral and houses several gorgeous baroque ornaments.
- The Annecy Castle: It is also known as Chateau d'Annecy; it was the place where the Dukes of Genevois-Nemours and the Counts of Geneva used to live.
- Rue Royale: Rue Royale is a striking plaza that consists of great shops, boutiques, gardens and the famous fountain of Saint Jean.
- European Gardens: These are stunning gardens that were created after Annecy was annexed with Savoie during 1863.
- The Church of Saint Maurice: It was initially established as a Dominican church but it has a very complex architectural style and contains some extremely exciting paintings that date back to the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries.