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Prefecture building of the Loir-et-Cher department, in Blois
Prefecture building of the Loir-et-Cher department, in Blois
Coat of arms of Loir-et-Cher
Coat of arms
Location of Loir-et-Cher in France
Location of Loir-et-Cher in France
Coordinates: 47°16′N 00°40′E / 47.267°N 0.667°E / 47.267; 0.667Coordinates: 47°16′N 00°40′E / 47.267°N 0.667°E / 47.267; 0.667
Country France
Region Centre
Prefecture Blois
Subprefectures Romorantin-Lanthenay
 • President of the General Council Jean-Luc Brindeau (Nouveau Centre)
 • Total 6,343 km2 (2,449 sq mi)
Population (1999)
 • Total 314,968
 • Rank 69th
 • Density 50/km2 (130/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Department number 41
Arrondissements 3
Cantons 30
Communes 291
^1 French Land Register data, which exclude estuaries, and lakes, ponds, and glaciers larger than 1 km2

Loir-et-Cher (French pronunciation: ​[lwa.ʁ‿e.ʃɛʁ]) is a department in north-central France named after the rivers Loir and Cher.


Loir-et-Cher is one of the original 83 departments created during the French Revolution on 4 March 1790. It was created from parts of the former provinces of Orléanais and Touraine.


Loir-et-Cher is part of the modern region of Centre. Adjacent departments are Eure-et-Loir to the north, Loiret to the north-east, Cher to the south-east, Indre to the south, Indre-et-Loire to the south-west, and Sarthe to the west.

The department comprises 6,314 km2, which makes it the 31st largest of the French departments in terms of area. The line of the river Loire traverses the land, ensuring easy communication between its own capital, Blois, and the vibrant cultural and commercial centres of Tours to the west and the fringes of the Seine-Paris basin at Orléans to the east.

Its main rivers are the Loire, on which its prefecture (capital) Blois is situated, the Loir and the Cher.


The inhabitants of the department are called Loir-et-Chériens.



Loir-et-Cher has a number of historic castles, including the following:


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