Subprefectures Lorient Pontivy
Department number 56
Area 6,823 km²
Population 737,778 (2013)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
|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.
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- Map of Morbihan France
- Art and culture
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:
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.