Moulins, Allier

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Moulins - Perspective3.JPG
Moulins Cathedral.
Coat of arms of Moulins
Coat of arms
Moulins is located in France
Country France
Region Auvergne
Department Allier
Arrondissement Moulins
Canton Chief town of 2 cantons
Intercommunality Agglomération de Moulins
Mayor Pierre-André Périssol
Elevation 202–240 m (663–787 ft)
(avg. 220 m/720 ft)
Land area1 8.61 km2 (3.32 sq mi)
Population2 19,094  (2011)
 - Density 2,218 /km2 (5,740 /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 without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

Coordinates: 46°33′55″N 3°20′00″E / 46.5653°N 3.3333°E / 46.5653; 3.3333

Moulins is a commune in the Allier department in the Auvergne region in central France.

It is the préfecture (capital of the department and the historical capital of the old province of Bourbonnais (the Duchy of Bourbonnais).

History[change | change source]

Moulins experienced its golden age in the 15th century, when the Dukes of Bourbon lived in the city on the Allier river. The region of the northern Massif Central where is Moulins is called the Bourbonnais after the House of Bourbon.

Moulins became the capital of Allier on 4 March 1790 with the creation of the departments in France.

During the German occupation in the Second World War, the border between occupied France and the pro-German France (Vichy France) went through the midst of Moulins.

Geography[change | change source]

Moulins is on the Allier river, mainly on the right (eastern) side of the river. It has an area of 8.61 km2 (3.32 sq mi) and its average altitude is 220 m (720 ft); at the city hall, the altitude is 219 m (719 ft).[1].

Moulins and its neighboring communes
Map of the commune of Moulins

Moulins is surrounded by the communes Avermes, Yzeure, Toulon-sur-Allier, Bressolles and Neuvy.

Population[change | change source]

With a population of 19,094,[2] Moulins has a population density of 2,218 inhabitants/km2.

The inhabitants of Moulins are known, in French, as Moulinois (women: Moulinoises).[3]

Administration[change | change source]

Moulins is the préfecture of the Allier department since 1800. It is also the capital of two Cantons:[4]

  1. Moulins-Sud, formed with part of Moulins and the communes Bressolles and Toulon-sur-Allier
  2. Moulins-Ouest, formed with part of Moulins and the communes Aubigny, Avermes, Bagneux, Coulandon, Montilly and Neuvy.

Places of interest[change | change source]

Some interesting places in Moulins are:

  • The Moulins Cathedral Basilica (Cathédrale Notre-Dame-de-l'Annonciation de Moulins) is a Roman Catholic cathedral.
  • The Anne de Beaujeu Museum is an art museum.
  • The National Center of Costume and Scenography (Centre national du Costume de scène) is a museum dedicated to stage costumes and sets.

Gallery[change | change source]

People from or related to Moulins[change | change source]

Sister cities[change | change source]

Moulins is twinned with:[5]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Moulins". Retrieved 28 December 2014.
  2. "Populations légales en vigueur à compter du 1er janvier 2014: Allier" (in French) (pdf). Populations légales 2011 des départements et des collectivités d'outre-mer. Institut national de la statistique et des études économiques - INSEE. Retrieved 28 December 2014.
  3. "Moulins (03000)" (in French). Retrieved 28 December 2014.
  4. "Liste des cantons de l'arrondissement de Moulins" (in French). Institut national de la statistique et des études économiques - INSEE. Retrieved 28 December 2014.
  5. "Ville de Moulins - Nos Jumelages" (in French). Ville de Moulins. Retrieved 28 December 2014.

Related pages[change | change source]

Arrondissements of the Allier department

Other websites[change | change source]

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