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== History ==
 
== History ==
  
Isère is one of the original 83 departments created during the [[French Revolution]] on [[March 4]], [[1790]]. It was created from part of the [[province of France|former province]] of [[Dauphiné]]. Its area has been reduced twice, in [[1852]] and again in 1967.
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Isère is one of the original 83 departments created during the French Revolution. It was created from part of the former province of Dauphiné.  
 
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Isère was also the name of the French ship which delivered the 214 boxes holding the [[Statue of Liberty]].
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== Geography ==
 
== Geography ==
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Inhabitants of the department are called ''Isérois''.
 
Inhabitants of the department are called ''Isérois''.
 
== Culture ==
 
 
The [[Grande Chartreuse]] is the mother abbey of the [[Carthusian]] order.  It is located 14 miles north of Grenoble.
 
 
As early as the [[13th century]], residents of the north and central parts of Isère spoke a dialect of the [[Franco-Provençal language]] called [[Dauphinois]]. It continued to be spoken in rural areas of Isère into the [[20th century]].
 
  
 
==Tourism==
 
==Tourism==
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The [[Grande Chartreuse]] is the mother abbey of the Carthusian order.  It is located 14 miles north of [[Grenoble]] and can be visited. Monks at the abbey distil a beverage rich in alcohol called "the chartreuse" and made of several hundred of plants picked in the mountain.
  
Isère features many [[ski resort]]s, including the [[Alpe d'Huez]] and [[Les Deux Alpes]]. It also hosts [[Coupe Icare]], an annual festival of free flight, such as [[paragliding]] and [[hang-gliding]], held at the world-renowned paragliding site at [[Lumbin]].
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Isère features many ski resorts, including the [[Alpe d'Huez]] and [[Les Deux Alpes]]. It also hosts the [[Coupe Icare]], an annual festival of free flight, such as paragliding and hang-gliding, held at the world-renowned paragliding site at [[Lumbin]].
  
 
==Miscellaneous Topics==
 
==Miscellaneous Topics==
  
Isère produces the following cheeses:  [[Bleu du Vercours-Sassenage]], an [[Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée]] cheese, and [[Saint-Marcellin]].
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Isère produces the following cheeses:  Bleu du Vercours-Sassenage and [[Saint-Marcellin]].
  
 
==See also==
 
==See also==
 
*[[Grenoble]] - Capital
 
*[[Grenoble]] - Capital
*[[Arpitan language]] (also known as [[Franco-Provençal language]])
 
*[[Cantons of the Isère department]]
 
*[[Communes of the Isère department]]
 
*[[Arrondissements of the Isère department]]
 
*[[French language]]
 
  
 
==External links==
 
==External links==
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* {{fr}} [http://www.grenoble.aeroport.fr/ Grenoble-Isère Airport]
 
* {{fr}} [http://www.grenoble.aeroport.fr/ Grenoble-Isère Airport]
 
* {{fr}} [http://www.isere.pref.gouv.fr/ Prefecture website]
 
* {{fr}} [http://www.isere.pref.gouv.fr/ Prefecture website]
* {{fr}} [http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/03636a.htm Encylopedia article about the Grande Chartreuse]
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* {{en}} [http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/03636a.htm Encylopedia article about the Grande Chartreuse]

Revision as of 16:02, 28 May 2007

Contents

History

Isère is one of the original 83 departments created during the French Revolution. It was created from part of the former province of Dauphiné.

Geography

Isère is part of the current region of Rhône-Alpes and is surrounded by the department of Rhône, Ain, Savoie, Hautes-Alpes, Drôme, Ardèche, and Loire.

Isère includes a part of the French Alps. The highest point in the department is the summit of La Meije at 3,987 meters. The Vercors Plateau dominates the west of the department.

Demographics

Inhabitants of the department are called Isérois.

Tourism

The Grande Chartreuse is the mother abbey of the Carthusian order. It is located 14 miles north of Grenoble and can be visited. Monks at the abbey distil a beverage rich in alcohol called "the chartreuse" and made of several hundred of plants picked in the mountain.

Isère features many ski resorts, including the Alpe d'Huez and Les Deux Alpes. It also hosts the Coupe Icare, an annual festival of free flight, such as paragliding and hang-gliding, held at the world-renowned paragliding site at Lumbin.

Miscellaneous Topics

Isère produces the following cheeses: Bleu du Vercours-Sassenage and Saint-Marcellin.

See also

External links

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