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Saône et Loire

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Country  France
Department number  71
Cantons  29
Population  556,222 (2013)
Capital  Mâcon
Time zone  CET (UTC+1)
Arrondissements  5
Area  8,575 km²
Prefecture  Mâcon
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Subprefectures  Autun Chalon-sur-Saône Charolles Louhans
Clubs and Teams  Élan Chalon, FC Gueugnon, FC Montceau Bourgogne, FC Chalon
Points of interest  Cluny Abbey, Saint‑Philibert de Tournus, Rock of Solutré, Bibracte, Autun Cathedral
Destinations  Autun, Mâcon, Chalon‑sur‑Saône, Cluny, Morvan Regional

Balade en sa ne et loire

Saône-et-Loire ([soː.n‿e.lwaʁ]; Arpitan: Sona-et-Lêre) is a French department, named after the Saône and the Loire rivers between which it lies.


Map of Sa%C3%B4ne-et-Loire, France

La sa ne et loire se fait un film pour attirer les touristes


When it was formed during the French Revolution, as of March 4, 1790 in fulfillment of the law of December 22, 1789, the new department combined parts of the provinces of southern Burgundy and Bresse, uniting lands that had no previous common history nor political unity and which have no true geographical unity. Thus its history is that of Burgundy, and is especially to be found in the local histories of Autun, Mâcon, Chalon-sur-Saône, Charolles and Louhans.


Saône-et-Loire is the seventh largest department of France. It is part of the region Bourgogne-Franche-Comté. In the west, the department is composed of the hills of the Autunois, the region around Autun, in the southwest the Charollais, and the Mâconnais in the south.

In the centre, the department is traversed from north to south by the Saône in its wide plain; the Saône is a tributary of the River Rhône that joins it at Lyon and thus is connected to the Mediterranean Sea. The source of the Loire, is south of the department, in the department of Ardèche. It then makes its way in the opposite direction, forming the southwest border of the department, and eventually draining into the Atlantic Ocean. The Canal du Centre links the Saône to the Loire between Chalon-sur-Saône and Digoin, thereby linking the Mediterranean Sea to the Atlantic ocean. In the east, the department occupies the northern part of the plain of Bresse. In the west, its industrial heart is in Le Creusot and Montceau-les-Mines, formerly noted for their coal mines and metallurgy.


The department consists of five arrondissements:

  • Autun
  • Chalon-sur-Saône
  • Charolles
  • Louhans
  • Mâcon
  • There are 29 cantons in the department and 573 communes.


    Touristic sites :

  • Roche de Solutré,
  • Charolles,
  • Abbaye de Cluny,
  • Taizé,
  • Dompierre-les-Ormes (Galerie européenne de la forêt et du bois, Arboretum de Pézanin).
  • References

    Saône-et-Loire Wikipedia

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