The Orne (61) is a department in France. It is in the Basse-Normandie region. Its prefecture is Alençon and its sub-prefectures are Argentan and Mortagne-au-Perche. The department's name comes from the river Orne which flows through it.
History[change | change source]
The Orne was one of the original 83 departments created in 1790.
Geography[change | change source]
The department borders several other departments:
There is also a 105,000 ha forest called forêt des Andaines (Andaines Forest).
Culture[change | change source]
The Orne is famous for its:
It is also known to be famous for its trotting horses.
Monuments[change | change source]
(A château is a castle in French)
- Château of Sassy
- Château médiéval de Domfront
- Château of Couterne
- Château of La Ferté-Fresnel at La Ferté-Frênel
- Château of Carrouges