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Vienne
Limoges bridge Saint Martial.JPG
The Vienne in Limoges.
Origin Plateau de Millevaches
Mouth Loire
47°12′45″N 0°4′31″E / 47.2125°N 0.07528°E / 47.2125; 0.07528 (Loire-Vienne)Coordinates: 47°12′45″N 0°4′31″E / 47.2125°N 0.07528°E / 47.2125; 0.07528 (Loire-Vienne)
Basin countries France
Length 363 km
Source elevation 880 m
Avg. discharge 203 m³/s
Basin area 21,105 km²
River Vienne in wooded landscape near Peyrelevade, close to its source on the Millevaches Massif.

The Vienne is one of the most important rivers in south-western France, a significant left tributary of the lower Loire. It supports numerous hydro-electric dams, and it is the main river of the Limousin region and also of the eastern part of the Poitou-Charentes region.

Two French départements are named after the Vienne river: the Haute-Vienne (87) in the Limousin region and the Vienne (86) in the Poitou-Charentes region.

Course

The Vienne rises as a spring in the department of the Corrèze, at the foot of Mont Audouze, on the Plateau de Millevaches, near Peyrelevade. It then flows roughly west to the city of Limoges where it once played a major role in the famous Limoges porcelain industry. A little way after Limoges it takes a turn to the north. En route to its confluence with the Loire, the Vienne is joined by the rivers Creuse and Clain. Finally, after a journey of 372km it reaches the Loire at Candes-Saint-Martin in the department of Indre-et-Loire.

The Vienne flows through the following départements and towns:

Tributaries include:

References

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Vienne
The Vienne in Limoges.
Origin Plateau de Millevaches
Mouth Loire
47°12′45″N 0°4′31″E / 47.2125°N 0.07528°E / 47.2125; 0.07528 (Loire-Vienne)Coordinates: 47°12′45″N 0°4′31″E / 47.2125°N 0.07528°E / 47.2125; 0.07528 (Loire-Vienne)
Basin countries France
Length 363 km
Source elevation 880 m
Avg. discharge 203 m³/s
Basin area 21,105 km²

The Vienne is one of the most important rivers in south-western France, a significant left tributary of the lower Loire. It supports numerous hydro-electric dams, and it is the main river of the Limousin region and also of the eastern part of the Poitou-Charentes region.

Two French départements are named after the Vienne river: the Haute-Vienne (87) in the Limousin region and the Vienne (86) in the Poitou-Charentes region.

Course

The Vienne rises as a spring in the department of the Corrèze, at the foot of Mont Audouze, on the Plateau de Millevaches, near Peyrelevade. It then flows roughly west to the city of Limoges where it once played a major role in the famous Limoges porcelain industry. A little way after Limoges it takes a turn to the north. En route to its confluence with the Loire, the Vienne is joined by the rivers Creuse and Clain. Finally, after a journey of 372km it reaches the Loire at Candes-Saint-Martin in the department of Indre-et-Loire.

The Vienne flows through the following départements and towns:

Tributaries include:

References


1911 encyclopedia

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From LoveToKnow 1911

VIENNE, a river of central France, a left-hand tributary of the Loire, watering the departments of Correze, HauteVienne, Charente, Vienne and Indre-et-Loire. Length, 219 m.; area of basin, 8286 sq. m. Rising on the plateau of Millevaches 14 m. N.W. of Ussel (department of Correze) at a height of 2789 ft., the Vienne flows westward, between the highlands of Limousin on the south and the plateau of Gentioux and the Blond mountains on the north. The first large town on its banks is Limoges (Haute-Vienne), below its confluence with the Taurion: in this part of its course the river supplies motive power to paper-mills and other factories. The river next reaches St Junien, below which it turns abruptly northwards to Confolens (Charente). Flowing through a picturesque and now wider valley, and passing in its course the churches and châteaux of Chauvigny, the river proceeds to the confluence of the Clain just above Chatellerault. Below that town it receives the Creuse (rising on the plateau of Millevaches and reaching the Vienne after a course of 159 m.), and turns northwest, uniting with the Loire below the historic town of Chinon. There is little river-traffic on the Vienne, and that only below its confluence with the Creuse (30 m.).


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