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Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes

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
Red Piste Plomb du Cantal in Le Lioran ski resort

Le Lioran – Family ski resort in the Cantal Mountains

Le Lioran, a ski resort on the slopes of Plomb du Cantal, the highest extinct volcano of Cantal and 2nd highest peak of Massif Central
Mères Lyonnaises - Tablier de sapeur

Mères Lyonnaises – Lyon gastronomy’s pioneers

Mères Lyonnaises is the generic name given to the women cooks who started Lyon's culinary tradition and earned it the rank of French capital of gastronomy
One of the Silk shops where the Canuts Lyonnais sold their silk

Canuts Lyonnais – La Croix-Rousse silk-weavers

Canuts were the silk-weavers who worked and lived in the Quartier de la Croix-Rousse in Lyon, the French capital of silk-industry from 1536 to 1914
Chateau de Chavaniac Lafayette, built with the local black stone

Chateau de Chavaniac Lafayette, Marquis de Lafayette’s birthplace

Chateau de Chavaniac Lafayette, birthplace of Gilbert Motier, Marquis de Lafayette, liberal stateman, humanist and hero of the American War of Independence

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