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Annecy is the capital of the department of Haute-Savoie in the Rhône-Alpes region of eastern France. The town is located between Geneva and Chambéry, thus its history was strongly influenced by these two towns between the 10th and the 19th century. Starting as the capital of the county of Geneva, after the demise of the counts of Geneva, it became integrated into the House of Savoy’s possessions in 1401. In 1444, it was set up by the Princes of Savoy as the capital of a region covering the possessions of the Genevois, Faucigny and Beaufortain. When Savoy was sold to France in 1860, it became the capital of the new département of Haute-Savoie.
Palais de l’Isle is a castle in the centre of a canal in Annecy. It was built in 1132. Its triangular shape is reminiscent of the prow of a galley anchored in the river. It was the primary residence of the Lord of Annecy as early as the 12th century, and later became the Count of Geneva’s administrative headquarters, then alternately a courthouse, a mint, and finally a jail, from the Middle Ages until 1865 and once again during World War II. The Palais de l’Ile was classified as a Historical Monument in 1900, and today houses a local history museum.
Palais de l’Isle, Annecy, Haute Savoie, France, Europe

Nikon D700, Nikkor 24-85 mm at 40 mm, 1/500 sec at f/ 9, ISO 400
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  • Audrey Clarke
    Audrey Clarkealmost 3 years ago

  • Thank you Audrey!

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  • João Figueiredo
    João Figueiredoalmost 3 years ago

    WOW, this is really nice… Thanks for sharing all this!!

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  • Julie  White
    Julie Whitealmost 3 years ago

    Awesome capture well done.

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  • Dean Cunningham
    Dean Cunninghamover 2 years ago

    loving this – fantastic pic kon !

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    supergoldover 2 years ago

    wonderful capture

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    Mary Sediciover 2 years ago

    MARCH 30th, 2012
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    Cheleiover 2 years ago

    Don’t forget to enter this into the Just Fun Group’s Best of the Features Challenge for March 2012!

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