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VOIRON, a town of France in the department of the Isere. Pop. (1901) 12,625. It stands at a height of 950 ft., on the Morge (a tributary of the Isere). It is a manufacturing town, and contains numerous factories which produce a sort of cloth named after the town, and also silk-weaving factories (2000 looms, with an annual output of eight to nine million yards). There are also paper-making factories in the town. The fine church of St Bruno was built 1864-73 at the expense of the monks of the Grande Chartreuse. Voiron is the starting-point of the steam tramways to St Laurent du Pont, 12 m. (for the Grande Chartreuse), and to Charavines, io m. (for the Lac de Paladru). Voiron long formed part of Savoy, but in 1355 was exchanged (with the rest of the region between the Rhone and the Isere, watered by the Guiers Mort) by the count with France for Faucigny and Gex.

Note - this article incorporates content from Encyclopaedia Britannica, Eleventh Edition, (1910-1911)

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