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Grenoble (Grenoblo) is a city in the southeast of France. Grenoble lies at the foot of the French Alps, where the River Drac joins the Isère. Grenoble is the capital of the Isère department, in the Rhône-Alpes region. The current name of the city is derived from Gratianopolis in honor of the Roman emperor Gratian. The Winter Olympics were held there in 1968. The city is now an important scientific center in Europe.
The coordinates of Grenoble are: 45 ° 12'01 'North latitude and 5 ° 43'20' East longitude.
The weather in Grenoble changes greatly from season to season and sometimes even during one day. The days are usually warm in the summer with temperatures reaching 20-26 °C. But at night the temperature can drop below 10 °C. In winter, the mountains around Grenoble are covered in snow, and you can also expect sub-zero temperatures in the city itself. The ski season lasts from the end of November to the beginning of April. May to September is the best time to visit Grenoble for summer activities, making the city a tourist attraction all year round.
Cularo was a small Gaul village on the River Isère in 43 BC. Grenoble now stands on the site of this village. A strong wall was built around the small town in 286 AD. Emperor Gratian visited Cularo and, as a token of gratitude for the warm welcome of the villagers, gave the village the title of Roman city. The place was renamed Gratianopolis ("city of Gratian") in 381. During the Middle Ages it became Graignovol and later Grenoble.
In 1790, the Dauphine was divided into three departments and Grenoble became the capital of the department of Isere. In the 19th century, Grenoble developed into an important industrial city, known for its glove factories. Gloves were exported to the United States, the United Kingdom and Russia.
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There are many beautiful sights in Grenoble that are very popular with the many tourists who are here on holiday or simply visiting the city.
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The Bastille is an old series of fortifications, they are located on the mountainside overlooking Grenoble and they are easily visible from many parts of the city. The Bastille is one of Grenoble's most visited tourist attractions and offers a beautiful view over the city and the surrounding mountains.
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The Museum of Grenoble receives 200,000 visitors a year. This renowned museum has a rich collection of paintings from many periods in art history. The museum specializes in Egyptian, Greek and Roman antiquities.
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The Archaeological Museum of Saint-Laurent is located in the 12th-century Benedictine church in Saint-Laurent Square. The collections come partly from the archaeological excavations on site and date from the 3rd century AD. The museum is located on the right bank of the River Isère and offers an overview of many periods from art history to the origins of Christianity.
Grenoble has several festivals: the Grenoble Jazz Festival in March, the Open Air Short Film Festival in early July and a music festival at the end of July.
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The main cultural center of the city is called MC2 (Maison de la Culture, version 2), with music, theater and dance performances. There are several theaters in Grenoble, the main one being the Grenoble Municipal Theater. There are two main art centers in Grenoble: the National Center for Contemporary Art (also called Le Magasin) and the Bastille Art Center.
Last updated November 2020
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