Château de Chenonceau, Indre-et-Loire, Centre,...

Château de Chenonceau, Indre-et-Loire, Centre, France (Photo credit: Marcel Musil)

Administrative region formed in 1960 in north central France, comprising the Departments (clockwise from the north) of Eure-et-Loir, Loiret, Cher, Indre, Indre-et-Loire, and Loir-et-Cher.

It joins together the Orléannais (including the old County of Blois), Touraine and Berry.   It is the fourth largest of the regions in area and the largest of those which are not mountainous;  in population it ranks 9th.

The Centre region contains three possible regional capitals, in Orléans, Bourges and Tours, each of them the former capitals of gouvernements and of généralités, with Bourges and Tours archiepiscopal cities as well.   Orléans was the actual choice.

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