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Puy-de-Dôme (Department, France)

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Administrative data

Code: 63
Region: Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes (Auvergne until 2014)
Traditional provinces: Auvergne, Bourbonnais
Bordering departments: Allier, Cantal, Corrèze, Creuse, Loire, Haute-Loire

Area: 7,970 km2
Population (2006): 623,463 inhabitants

Préfecture: Clermont-Ferrand
Sous-préfectures: Ambert, Issoire, Riom, Thiers
Subdivisions: 5 arrondissements, 61 cantons, 470 communes.

The department is named after the ancient volcano Puy-de-Dôme (1,465 m asl).
When created in 1790, the department should have been called "Mont-Dore", but the proposal was rejected. The Representative Jean-François Gaultier de Blauzat (1739-1815) claimed that "Mont-Dore" could be read "Mont-d'Or" (Gold Mountain) and sound too wealthy.

Ivan Sache, 14 November 2009