30 Facts About Grenoble


Grenoble then became a parliamentary and military city, close to the border with Savoy, which at the time was part of the Holy Roman Empire.

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Grenoble is classified as a global city with the ranking of "sufficiency" by the Globalization and World Cities Research Network.

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Grenoble grew significantly in the 11th century when the Counts of Albon chose the city as the capital of their territories.

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Inhabitants of Grenoble took advantage of the conflicts between the Counts and the bishops and obtained the recognition of a Charter of Customs that guaranteed their rights.

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Grenoble ordered the construction of the Palais du Parlement and ensured that the Bishop pledged allegiance, thus unifying the political control of the city.

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At that time, Grenoble was a crossroads between Vienne, Geneva, Italy, and Savoy.

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Grenoble suffered as a result of the French Wars of Religion.

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Grenoble began the construction of the Bastille to protect the city and ordered the construction of new walls, increasing the city's size.

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Grenoble constructed the Hotel Lesdiguieres, built new fountains, and dug sewers.

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Grenoble welcomed for the second time a prisoner Pope in 1809.

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In 1813 Grenoble was under threat from the Austrian army, which invaded Switzerland and Savoy.

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Grenoble said later: "From Cannes to Grenoble, I still was an adventurer; in that last city, I came back a sovereign".

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Shortly thereafter Grenoble experienced widespread destruction by extensive flooding in 1859.

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Grenoble was then part of the French State, before an Italian occupation from 1942 to 1943.

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Grenoble was extremely active in the Resistance against the occupation.

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The University of Grenoble supported the clandestine operations and provided false documentation for young people to prevent them from being assigned to STO.

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In September 1943, German troops occupied Grenoble, escalating the conflict with the clandestine movements.

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On 5 November 1944, General Charles de Gaulle came to Grenoble and bestowed on the city the Compagnon de la Liberation to recognise "a heroic city at the peak of the French resistance and combat for the liberation".

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Except for a few dozen houses on the slopes of the Bastille hill of Chartreuse, Grenoble is exclusively built on the alluvial plain of the rivers Isere and Drac at an altitude of 214 metres .

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Climate in Grenoble depends on the data from the chosen weather station.

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The Bastille is one of Grenoble's most visited tourist attractions and provides a good vantage point over both the town below and the surrounding mountains.

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The second-oldest higher education establishment in Grenoble is the Lycee Champollion, completed in 1887 to offer an excellent education to both high school students and students of preparatory classes.

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Grenoble is renowned for the excellence of its academic research in humanities and political sciences.

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Grenoble is one of the co-location centres of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology's Knowledge and Innovation Communities for sustainable energy.

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Some choose to put their children in the international school "cite internationale", while the "American School of Grenoble" is the alternative for those who prefer to have the core curriculum in English.

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Stade Lesdiguieres is located in Grenoble and has been the venue for international rugby league and rugby union games.

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Gare de Grenoble is served by the TGV rail network, with frequent high-speed services to and from Paris-Gare de Lyon, usually with a stop at Lyon Saint-Exupery Airport.

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Grenoble can be accessed by air from Grenoble-Isere Airport, Lyon Saint-Exupery Airport and Geneva International Airport, with the airport bus connections being most frequent to Lyon Saint-Exupery.

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From 2014 to 2017, the city of Grenoble tested the rental of seventy I-Road electric vehicles.

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Grenoble is known for its walnuts, Noix de Grenoble which enjoy an appellation of controlled origin.

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