Maine-et-Loire

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Maine-et-Loire
Department
Prefecture gardens of the Maine-et-Loire department, in Angers
Prefecture gardens of the Maine-et-Loire department, in Angers
Flag of Maine-et-Loire
Flag
Coat of arms of Maine-et-Loire
Coat of arms
Location of Maine-et-Loire in France
Location of Maine-et-Loire in France
Coordinates: 47°27′N 0°36′W / 47.450°N 0.600°W / 47.450; -0.600Coordinates: 47°27′N 0°36′W / 47.450°N 0.600°W / 47.450; -0.600
Country France
Region Pays de la Loire
Prefecture Angers
Subprefectures Cholet
Saumur
Segré
Government
 • President of the General Council Christophe Béchu (UMP)
Area1
 • Total 7,107 km2 (2,744 sq mi)
Population (2013)
 • Total 800,191
 • Rank 27th
 • Density 110/km2 (290/sq mi)
Time zone UTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST) UTC+2 (CEST)
Department number 49
Arrondissements 4
Cantons 21
Communes 183
^1 French Land Register data, which exclude estuaries, and lakes, ponds, and glaciers larger than 1 km2

Maine-et-Loire (French pronunciation: ​[mɛn.e.lwaʁ]) is a department of the Loire Valley in west-central France, in the Pays de la Loire region.[1]

History

See also: Anjou and History of Maine-et-Loire (fr)

Maine-et-Loire is one of the original 83 departments created during the French Revolution on March 4, 1790. Originally it was called Mayenne-et-Loire, but its name was changed to Maine-et-Loire in 1791. It was created from most of the former province of Anjou. Its present name is drawn from the Maine and Loire Rivers, which meet within the department.

Geography

Maine-et-Loire is part of the current region of Pays-de-la-Loire and is surrounded by the departments of Ille-et-Vilaine, Mayenne, Sarthe, Indre-et-Loire, Vienne, Deux-Sèvres, Vendée, and Loire-Atlantique. The principal city is Angers.

It has a varied landscape, with forested ranges of hills in the south and north separated by the valley of the Loire. The highest point is Colline des Gardes at 210 m (690 ft).

The area has many navigable rivers such as the Loire, Sarthe, Mayenne, Loir, and Authion.

Demographics

The inhabitants of Maine-et-Loire have no official qualifier. They are sometimes known as Angevins, from the former province of Anjou, or Mainéligériens, from the name of the département.[2]

Tourism

Châteaux of the Loire Valley

Anjou traditions

  • The largest vineyard of the Loire Valley.
  • The boule de fort, the traditional boules game in Anjou

Angers and around:

Saumur and around:

Cholet and around:

Segré and around:

  • The fortified city of Pouancé and its medieval castle.
  • The Blue Mine, a slate mine, with a funicular which goes 130 meters under the surface.
  • The National stud of Le Lion-d'Angers, which host every year Le Mondial du Lion
  • The Château de Challain-la-Potherie

See also

References

  1. ^ Centre, UNESCO World Heritage. "The Loire Valley between Sully-sur-Loire and Chalonnes". whc.unesco.org. Retrieved 2018-02-12.
  2. ^ "Vous voulez vous appeler Angevin ou Mainoligérien ? Dernier jour pour voter !". ouest-france.fr. Ouest France. Retrieved 30 July 2014.
  3. ^ "Château de Montsoreau-Contemporary Art Museum - Les Châteaux de la Loire". Les Châteaux de la Loire. Retrieved 2018-10-06.
  4. ^ "Visit Chateau de Montsoreau-Museum of contemporary art on your trip to Montsoreau". www.inspirock.com. Retrieved 2018-10-06.
  5. ^ "Practical Information". Château de Montsoreau-Museum of Contemporary Art. Retrieved 2018-09-15.
  6. ^ "Snapshots of the Loire The Montsoreau flea market". TVMONDE. Retrieved 2018-09-17.
  7. ^ "Discover the World's 500 Best Flea Markets". Fleamapket. Retrieved 2018-09-17.
  8. ^ "Largest Art & Language Collection Finds Home - artnet News". artnet News. 2015-06-23. Retrieved 2018-02-12.
  9. ^ "MACBA banks on History". Artinamericamagazine.com. 2011.
  10. ^ "Art & Language Uncompleted". macba.cat. 2014.

External links

  • (in French) Prefecture website
  • (in French) General council website
  • (in English) Anjou Tourism Board website
  •  "Maine-et-Loire". Collier's New Encyclopedia. 1921.


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