Sallanches, the city of Mont-Blanc.
A little history ...
The name probably derives from the term Sallanches pre-Celtic "Salanca" river, stream. Indeed, it means at once both torrents and the city that is organized around their confluence.
During recent excavations, two characteristics of the graves 5th and 6th centuries were identified in the basement of the church.
Until the late 18th century, the small town grows as religious and economic center of the entire region.
Throughout this period, the fate of Sallanches is linked to that of the province of Faucigny, addiction since 1355 the Savoy family that founded in 1718, the Kingdom of Piedmont-Sardinia. After the interlude of the French occupation during the Revolution and the First Empire (1792-1814), the Sardinian monarchy is restored until the final annexation of Savoy to France in 1860.
In the early 19th century, tourists who visit the glaciers of Chamonix down in hostels Sallanches.
In 1840, Sallanches knows a fire almost completely destroyed the city. Following this disaster, a new city is built up according to the grid plan of the engineer Justin.
1880, watches appeared, heralding the future development of cutting (manufacture metal parts in small, medium or large series).
In 1921, Sallanches expressed resort.
During the 70s, the town merged with that of St. Roch (1972) and Saint-Martin (1977).
With industrial, commercial and tourism development, the role of Sallanches as the capital of the region of Mont Blanc says and continues.