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Coordinates: 46°33′55″N 3°20′00″E / 46.56527°N 3.333333°E / 46.56527; 3.333333

Commune of Moulins

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View of Moulins and its cathedral
Moulins, Allier is located in France
Moulins, Allier
Country France
Region Auvergne
Department Allier (préfecture)
Arrondissement Moulins
Intercommunality Moulins
Mayor Pierre-André Périssol
Elevation 202–240 m (660–790 ft)
(avg. 220 m/720 ft)
Land area1 8.61 km2 (3.32 sq mi)
Population2 21,892  (1999)
 - Density 2,543 /km2 (6,590 /sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 03190/ 03000
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.
2 Population sans doubles comptes: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

Moulins is a commune in central France, capital of the Allier department.



Moulins is located on the banks of the Allier River.


Before the French Revolution, Moulins was the capital of the province of Bourbonnais and the seat of the Dukes of Bourbon. Its documented existence may be traced back at least as far as the year 990. In 1232, Archambaud VIII, Sire de Bourbon, granted a franchise to the village's inhabitants. The town achieved greater prominence in 1327, when Charles IV elevated Louis I de Clermont to Duke of Bourbon. Either Louis or the later Peter II, Duke of Bourbon and of Auvergne moved the capital of the province from Bourbon-l'Archambault to Moulins.

Note: This article in French suggests Pierre II moved the capital, while the local tourism website (also in French) suggests it was Louis I.

In February 1566 it became eponymous to the edict of Moulins, an important royal ordinance dealing with many aspects of the administration of justice and feudal and ecclesiastical privilege, e.g. limitations of the appanages held by French princes, abrogation of the levy of rights of tallage claimed by seigneurs over their dependants, provisions for a system of concessions on rivers etc.

Moulins is known for Coco Chanel.


Montbeugny Airport is a small airport located near Moulins.

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