région: Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes  
département: 73, Savoie  



el: Μπριντ-λε-Μπαιν
sr: Брид ле Бен ru, uk: Брид-ле-Бен

4366 Brides-les-Bains Brides-les-Bains is situated at an elevation of 798 m in the département Savoie, about 28 km southsouthwest of Albertville and about 52 km southeast of Chambéry, the chef-lieu of the département. As of January 2020, the municipality has a population of 491.

Since Antiquity, the site has been known for the virtues of its waters. In the 16th and 17th centuries, the archbishops of Moutiers used the waters of the hamlet of Les Bains. However, in 1653 and in 1774, overflows of the river Doron de Bozel silted up the sources. In 1818, a natural disaster upstream of the valley, towards Champagny-en-Vanoise, released an enormous mass of water with the consequence of uncovering a rocky massif from which the current thermal spring began to flow, allowing the creation of the modern spa. The first hotels opened in 1824, the first spa complex opened in 1845. In 1857, the village of Les  Bains, separated from that of La Perrière, and the village of Brides, detached from Les Allues, united to form a new commune: Brides-les-Bains. In 1893, the nearby town of Moûtiers was connected to the railway system, which increased the number of visitors of the spa considerably. Soon, the number of visitors surpassed that of the nearby spa of Salins-les-Thermes and even four fifth of the latter's visitors stayed at Brides-les-Bains. The Great Depression of 1929 had a direct impact on the spa, in particular the number of foreign visitors decreased dramatically. However,and it took until 1938 that the spa regained its popularity by 1938. However, the outbreak of World War II struck again the thermal and tourist activities. The Casino was closed in 1939. The spa activities resumed after the war and by the 1990s, Brides-les-Bains became the leading spa resort in France for the treatment of obesity.

[https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brides-les-Bains, https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brides-les-Bains; http://fallingrain.com/world/FR/B9/BrideslesBains.html]

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