Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Section

Welcome to Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes

Welcome to Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes

Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, a new region

The Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Region is one of the 13 new regions created with the territorial reform that took effect on January 1, 2016.

Until then Rhône-Alpes and Auvergne were two separate regions.

Auvergne corresponds to the historical province of Auvergne.

It includes also part of the ancient provinces of Bourbonnais, Velay, Gévaudan, Vivarais and Forez.

It consists of four departments:

Allier (03 - Moulins), Cantal (15 - Aurillac), Haute-Loire (43 - Le Puy-en-Velay) and Puy de Dôme (63 - Clermond-Ferrant).

It was named after the Gallic tribe Arveni.

It covers an area of 26,013 km², nearly 5% of Metropolitan France.

It has 1,341,000 inhabitants and is one of the least populated regions in Europe.

Rhône-Alpes was named after the river Rhône and the Alps mountain range.

It covered an area of 43,698 km2 and has nearly 6.3 million inhabitants.

It includes 8 departments:

Ain (01 - Bourg-en-Bresse), Ardèche (07 - Privas), Drôme (26 - Valence), Isère (38 - Grenoble), Loire (42 - st-Etienne), Rhône (69 - Lyon), Savoie (73 - Chambéry), Haute-Savoie (74 - Annecy) and the Metropolis of Lyon (69M) which is also the regional préfecture.

Area: 69,711 km2
Population: 7,695.264 (01/01/2012)

Credits Photos: map region by Oie blanche is licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0
Palais Ideal du Facteur Cheval exterior

November 15 2020

Palais Ideal du Facteur Cheval, the postman’s dream palace

Ferdinand Cheval, a rural postman who built from 1879 to 1912 his dream palace, the Palais Ideal du Facteur Cheval, a masterpiece of Naïve Architecture
Tournemire castle and church in Cantal

June 25 2020

Tournemire, one of the most beautiful villages in France

Tournemire, one of the most beautiful villages in France, nestled in the heart of the Auvergne Volcanoes Natural Park in the Cantal department
Collegiate Church of St Laurent d'Auzon

June 14 2020

Collegiate Church of St Laurent d’Auzon in Auvergne

Collegiate Church of St Laurent d'Auzon, a gem of Auvergne Romanesque architecture and a major landmark of the Petite Cité de Caractère of Auzon
Picturesque village of Auzon, Petite Cité de Caractère in Auvergne

November 15 2019

Auzon, Petite Cité de Caractère in Auvergne

Auzon, a picturesque medieval town of Auvergne boasts an exceptional heritage that earned it the ranking of Petite Cité de Caractère
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