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Country  France
Subprefectures  Lorient Pontivy
Department number  56
Area  6,823 km²
Population  737,778 (2013)
Region  Brittany
Time zone  CET (UTC+1)
Arrondissements  3
Prefecture  Vannes
Capital  Vannes
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Colleges and Universities  École spéciale militaire de Saint-Cyr, École nationale supérieure d'ingénieurs de Bretagne sud
Points of interest  Zoo and Botanical Garden of, Zoo de Pont Scorff, Château de Suscinio, Vannes Cathedral, Lake Guerlédan
Destinations  Lorient, Vannes, Carnac, Belle Île, Auray

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Morbihan ([mɔʁbi.ɑ̃]; Breton: Mor-Bihan, [morˈbiˑãn]) is a department in Brittany, situated in the northwest of France. It is named after the Morbihan (small sea in Breton), the enclosed sea that is the principal feature of the coastline. It is noted for its Carnac stones, which predate and are more extensive than the more familiar Stonehenge.


Map of Morbihan, France


Morbihan is one of the original 83 departments created during the French Revolution on March 4, 1790. It was created from a part of the Duchy of Brittany.


Morbihan is part of the current region of Brittany and is surrounded by the departments of Finistère, Côtes-d'Armor, Ille-et-Vilaine, and Loire-Atlantique, and the Atlantic Ocean on the southwest.

The Gulf of Morbihan has many islands: 365 according to legend, but, in reality, between 30 and 40, depending on how they are counted. There are also many islets which are too small to be built on. 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.

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

  • Belle Île
  • Groix
  • Houat
  • Hoëdic
  • Meaban, just outside the Port du Crouesty is an ornithological reserve and it is forbidden to alight there.
  • The largest towns in Morbihan are Vannes and Lorient.

    Art and culture

    The Breton language is an important issue, with many advocating bilingual education.

    The painter Raymond Wintz (1884–1956) depicted locations around the Gulf of Morbihan.


    As of 2014, the préfet of Morbihan is Jean-François Savy, previously head of the Prefectures of Ardennes and of Hautes-Alpes.


  • The Carnac stones, megalithic alignments of Carnac are situated in Morbihan.
  • Tourism office of Auray
  • References

    Morbihan Wikipedia

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