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History & heritage

Why the Albanais?

Various versions of the origins of the word «Albanais» date back to the Roman period.

« Albanais » comes from the Latin «Alba» meaning white and referring to the local limestone which the Romans used for building.

Another version, according to Albanis Beaumont, states that during the Roman period this region was inhabited by a Greek colony from the Peloponnese known by the name «d’Albani».


The Albanais is a land of tradition and boasts an exceptional heritage.

You can travel through the history of the region and, at each turn and in each village, you will be surprised by Roman remains, smaller remnants (bread ovens, washtubs, troughs, oratories…), fortified houses, castles, churches and museums.


Rumilly, a town full of history, is revealed as you walk through it with its arcades, its noble 16th century houses, its Corn Exchange (La Grenette), its Aumône Chapel and its church of Sainte-Agathe etc.


Less than 10 minutes by car from Rumilly, you will discover Alby-sur-Chéran, known particularly for its medieval square, its arcaded houses, its past as the capital of shoe-making and its contemporary church «Notre-Dame de Plaimpalais».


Being crossed by the rivers of the Fier and the Chéran, the Albanais naturally abounds in bridges, including the not-to-be-missed Pont Coppet, the oldest bridge in Haute-Savoie built in 1626, the Pont de l’Abîme and the suspension bridge built in 1887 bestriding the Chéran gorges.

Tourist office of Rumilly en Pays de Savoie

  • France
  • Rhône-Alpes
  • Haute-Savoie
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