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Morbihan
Coat of arms of the Morbihan department
Location
Administration
Department number: 56
Region: Bretagne
Prefecture: Vannes
Subprefectures: Lorient
Pontivy
Arrondissements: 3
Cantons: 42
Communes: 261
President of the General Council: Joseph-François Kergueris
Statistics
Population Ranked 32nd
 -1999 643,873
Population density: 94/km²
Land area¹: 6823 km²
¹ French Land Register data, which exclude estuaries, and lakes, ponds, and glaciers larger than 1 km².
France

Morbihan (Mor-Bihan in Breton) is a department in the northwest of France named after the Morbihan (small sea in Breton), the enclosed sea that is the principal feature of the coastline. Image File history File links Blason56. ... Image File history File links Credit(s): fr:Utilisateur:Rinaldum Source: french wikipedia File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... The term Administration, as used in the context of government, differs according to jurisdiction. ... Departments (French: IPA: ) are administrative units of France and many former French colonies, roughly analogous to English counties. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... (Région flag) (Region logo) Location Administration Capital Rennes Regional President Jean-Yves Le Drian (PS) (since 2004) Departments Côtes-dArmor Ille-et-Vilaine Morbihan Finistère Arrondissements 15 Cantons 201 Communes 1,268 Statistics Land area1 27,208 km² Population (Ranked 7th)  - January 1, 2006 est. ... In France, a préfecture is the administrative town of a département. ... In the old city centre Harbour to cathedral Vannes (Breton: Gwened) is a town and commune located in the Morbihan département, in Brittany, in the west of France. ... A subprefecture in Verdun, France Subprefectures (French: sous-préfectures) are the administrative towns of arrondissements in France that do not contain the prefecture for its department. ... This article is about The place Lorient in France. ... Pontivy (Pondi in Breton) is a commune of the département of Morbihan, in the région of Bretagne, on the river Blavet. ... The 100 French departments are divided into 342 arrondissements, which may be translated into English as districts. ... The three arrondissements of the Morbihan department are: Arrondissement of Lorient, (subprefecture: Lorient) with 15 cantons and 60 communes. ... The cantons of France are administrative divisions subdividingarrondissements and départementscommunes Cantons number 3,879 among the 329 arondissements and 96 departments of France. ... The following is a list of the 42 cantons of the Morbihan department, in France, sorted by arrondissement: Auray Belle-ÃŽle Belz Groix Hennebont Lanester Lorient-Centre Lorient-Nord Lorient-Sud Ploemeur Plouay Pluvigner Pont-Scorff Port-Louis Quiberon Baud Cléguérec Le Faouët Gourin Guémené-sur... The commune is an administrative division of France. ... The following is a list of the 261 communes of the Morbihan département, in France. ... This article is in need of attention. ... Categories: | ... To help compare orders of magnitude of different geographical regions, we list here areas between 1,000 km² and 10,000 km². See also areas of other orders of magnitude. ... For other meanings, see Estuary (disambiguation) Rio de la Plata estuary An estuary is a semi-enclosed coastal body of water with one or more rivers or streams flowing into it, and with a free connection to the open sea. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Departments (French: IPA: ) are administrative units of France and many former French colonies, roughly analogous to English counties. ... Breton (Brezhoneg) is a Celtic language spoken by some of the inhabitants of Brittany (Breizh) in France. ...

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History

Morbihan is one of the original 83 departments created during the French Revolution on March 4, 1790. It was created from part of the former province of Brittany. The French Revolution (1789–1815) was a period of political and social upheaval in the political history of France and Europe as a whole, during which the French governmental structure, previously an absolute monarchy with feudal privileges for the aristocracy and Catholic clergy, underwent radical change to forms based on... is the 63rd day of the year (64th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1790 (MDCCXC) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Monday of the 11-day slower Julian calendar). ... Historical province of Brittany, showing the main areas with their name in Breton language The traditional flag of Brittany (the Gwenn-ha-du), formerly a Breton nationalist symbol but today used as a general civic flag in the region. ...


Geography

Morbihan is part of the current region of Bretagne and is surrounded by the departments of Finistère, Côte-d'Armor, Ille-et-Vilaine, and Loire-Atlantique, and the Atlantic Ocean on the southwest. This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... (Région flag) (Region logo) Location Administration Capital Rennes Regional President Jean-Yves Le Drian (PS) (since 2004) Departments Côtes-dArmor Ille-et-Vilaine Morbihan Finistère Arrondissements 15 Cantons 201 Communes 1,268 Statistics Land area1 27,208 km² Population (Ranked 7th)  - January 1, 2006 est. ... Finistère (Penn-ar-Bed in Breton) is a département of France, located in Brittany (Bretagne in French). ... Côtes-dArmor is a département in the northwest of France. ... Ille-et-Vilaine is a département of France, located in Brittany (Bretagne in French) in the northwest corner of France. ... Loire-Atlantique (formerly Loire-Inférieure) is a department on the west coast of France named after the Loire River and the Atlantic Ocean. ...


The Gulf of Morbihan has many islands: 365 according to legend, but, in reality, between 30 and 40, according to how they are counted. There are also many islets which are too small to be built. Of these islands, all but two are private: l'Île aux Moines and l'Île D'Arz. The others are privately owned, some by movie stars or fashion designers. The Gulf of Morbihan in France is the scene of an extraordinary number of megalithic ruins: passage dolmens, stepped pyramids with underground dolmen chambers, stone circles, and giant menhirs, among others. ...


In the department of Morbihan, but outside the Gulf, there are four inhabited islands:

  • Meaban, just outside the Port du Crouesty is an ornithological reserve and it is forbidden to alight there.

White dot: Location of Belle Île in France Red dot: Location of the city Le Palais on Belle Île Belle-Île or Belle-Île-en-Mer (ar Gerveur in Modern Breton)—Guedel in Old Breton—is a French island off the coast of Brittany in the département of Morbihan... Groix island. ... Houat (Enez Houad in Breton) is a little island off the south coast of Brittany in the French département of Morbihan. ... Hoëdic - Wikipedia /**/ @import /skins-1. ...

Culture

The Breton language is an important issue, with many advocating bilingual education. Breton (Brezhoneg) is a Celtic language spoken by some of the inhabitants of Brittany (Breizh) in France. ...


Tourism

The megalithic alignments of Carnac are situated in Morbihan. Megalithic tomb, Mane Braz, Brittany Bronze age wedge tomb in the Burren area of Ireland For the record label, see Megalith Records. ... Carnac is a village and commune beside the Gulf of Morbihan on the south coast of Brittany () and part of the Morbihan département of northwestern France. ...


See also

  • Cantons of the Morbihan department
  • Communes of the Morbihan department
  • Arrondissements of the Morbihan department

The following is a list of the 42 cantons of the Morbihan department, in France, sorted by arrondissement: Auray Belle-Île Belz Groix Hennebont Lanester Lorient-Centre Lorient-Nord Lorient-Sud Ploemeur Plouay Pluvigner Pont-Scorff Port-Louis Quiberon Baud Cléguérec Le Faouët Gourin Guémené-sur... The following is a list of the 261 communes of the Morbihan département, in France. ... The three arrondissements of the Morbihan department are: Arrondissement of Lorient, (subprefecture: Lorient) with 15 cantons and 60 communes. ...

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Morbihan - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (188 words)
Morbihan is a département in the northwest of France named after the Morbihan (small sea in Breton), the enclosed sea that is the principal feature of the coastline.
Morbihan was one of the original 83 departments created during the French Revolution on March 4, 1790.
Morbihan is part of the current région of Bretagne and is surrounded by the departments of Finistère, Côte-d'Armor, Ille-et-Vilaine, and Loire-Atlantique, and the Atlantic Ocean on the southwest.
Morbihan - LoveToKnow 1911 (407 words)
MORBIHAN, a department of western France on the Atlantic seaboard, formed of part of Lower Brittany, and bounded S.E. by the department of Loire-Inferieure, E. by that of Ille-etVilaine, N. by Cotes-du-Nord, and W. by Finistere.
A striking contrast to this district is afforded by the various inlets of the sea, whose shores are clothed with vegetation of exceptional richness, large fig-trees, rose-laurels, and aloes growing as if in Algeria.
Vessels drawing 13 ft. can ascend the Vilaine as far as Redon; the Blavet is canalized throughout its course through the department; and the Oust, as part of the canal from Nantes to Brest, forms a great waterway by Redon, Josselin, Rohan and Pontivy.
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