When the Dauphiné became the appanage of the King of France,
the King's son took the title of Dauphin.
Grenoble has certainly left its mark on the History of France since
it is here that the French Revolution held its general rechersal in
This historical town is also a centre of art and culture, and if Stendhal
gave it a literary reputation, idea men such as Champollion, the
decipherer of hieroglyphics, or Vaucanson, father of the automaton,
are only at the beginning of a line of different schools.
Today still, Grenoble is a town which teems with initiatives and creations.
The traditionnal industries such as the paper mill or the glove factory
have become part of history, but Grenoble is today a town of advanced
technologies where computing, electronics etc... have reached world
Shouldered by a dynamic University which groups together over 40,000
students and by a center of research which is making new discoveries
every day, the Capital of the Dauphiné has become, on the eve
of the year 2000, a technopolis with an important role to play in the
making of Europe.
The Dauphinois Museum