Isère is one of the original 83 departments created during the French Revolution in March 1790. It was created from the main part of the former province of Dauphiné. Its area has been reduced twice, in 1852 and again in 1967, on both occasions losing territory to the department of Rhône. Isère is part of the current region of Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes and is surrounded by the departments 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 Sub-Peak "Pic Lory" at 4,088 metres, subsidiary to the 4102 metres Barre des Écrins in the adjoining Hautes-Alpes department. The summit of La Meije at 3,988 metres is also well known. The Vercors Plateau aesthetically dominates the western area of the department.
Isère features many ski resorts, including the Alpe d'Huez
, Les Deux Alpes, the 1968 Winter Olympics resorts of Chamrousse, Villard de Lans, Autrans. Other popular resorts include Les 7 Laux, Le Collet d'Allevard, Méaudre, Saint-Pierre-de-Chartreuse, Alpe du Grand Serre, Gresse-en-Vercors. Grenoble has a dozen museums, including the most famous created in Grenoble in 1798, the Museum of Grenoble.
Isère is the third largest ski and winter destination of France, after Savoie and Haute-Savoie, and before Hautes-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. Learn more about the Isere on wikipedia
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