Palais de l'Isle, Annecy, Haute-Savoie, France
Info. Palais de l'Isle
The pretty illumination you see is on the side of the Palais de l'Isle, a distinctive historic building in the town of Annecy, France, high in the French Alps. Designated a historic monument in 1900, the medieval structure is perched on a small islet in the Canal du Thiou.
Over the years, this house 'in the shape of a ship' has served as a palace for local nobility, a prison, a courthouse, an administrative building for the regional government and today is a museum of local history. The town of Annecy itself, dubbed 'the pearl of the French Alps', was annexed during the French Revolution. Today it's the largest city in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region of south-east France. Near the border with Switzerland, the area is also home to Lake Annecy, the third-largest lake in France. It's a popular place for skiers in winter, and hikers and cyclists in summer.