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Maine-et-Loire
Coat of Arms of Maine-et-Loire
Location
Location of Maine-et-Loire in France
Administration
Department number: 49
Region: Pays de la Loire
Prefecture: Angers
Subprefectures: Cholet
Saumur
Segré
Arrondissements: 4
Cantons: 41
Communes: 363
President of the General Council: Christophe Béchu
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Statistics
Population Ranked 27th
 -1999 732,942
Population density: 102/km2
Land area¹: 7166 km2
¹ French Land Register data, which exclude estuaries, and lakes, ponds, and glaciers larger than 1 km2.

Maine-et-Loire is a department in west-central France.

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History

See: Anjou

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 part of the former province of Anjou. Its present name is drawn from the former province of Maine and the Loire River, which runs through it.

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.

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 (689 feet/210m).

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

Demographics

The inhabitants of Maine-et-Loire are called Angevins, from the former province of Anjou.

Tourism

Angers and around:

Saumur and around:

Cholet and around:

Segré and around:

See also

External links

Coordinates: 47°27′N 0°36′W / 47.45°N 0.6°W / 47.45; -0.6

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Travel guide

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikitravel

Europe : France : Great West : Pays de la Loire : Maine-et-Loire

Maine-et-Loire is a département in west-central France.

  • The Chateau du Pin castle [1]. Parts of the castle are more than nine hundred years old and there are surprises everywhere you look: gargoyles, hidden towers, dark dungeons/wine cellars, lush gardens, secret book case passages, massive fantastical creaking doors, an old overgrown moat, dusty lintels, a battered front gate, cobwebs and the occasional (friendly) chameleon. Around €2,000 per week for a whole wing of the castle.
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