Haute-Loire is a department in south-central France
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 named after the Loire River.


Haute-Loire is one of the original 83 departments created during the French Revolution
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 on 4 March 1790. It was created from parts of the former provinces of Auvergne
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, Languedoc
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, and Lyonnais
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Haute-Loire is part of the current region
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 of Auvergne
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 and is surrounded by the departments of Loire
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, Ardèche
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, Lozère
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, Cantal
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, and Puy-de-Dôme
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The department covers the upper reaches of the Loire. Parts of the department belong to Parc naturel régional Livradois-Forez.

Notable residents

  • Claude-Jean Allouez
    Claude-Jean Allouez
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    , born in Saint-Didier-en-Velay, Jesuit missionary to North America
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See also

  • Cantons of the Haute-Loire department
  • Communes of the Haute-Loire department
  • Arrondissements of the Haute-Loire department

External links

Prefecture website Regional council website

Tourist website The Haut-Allier Website concerned with the western half of the Haute Loire which follows the relatively unknown Allier valley and gorges Regordane Info Independent portal for the Regordane Way or St Gilles Trail. (The Regordane Way crosses The Haute-Loire, commencing from Le Puy southwards)
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