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Moulins, capital of the Bourbonnais
Landscapes of the Auvergne, in the north the Bourbonnais

The Bourbonnais is a historic province in central France.


The Bourbonnais stretched to the left of the Loire and was surrounded by the historic provinces

Today, with its main town of Moulins, it is largely part of the Allier department in the Auvergne region , which was created in 1961 and merged into the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region in 2016 . The remaining areas were assigned to the departments of Puy-de-Dôme , Creuse (in the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region ) and Cher (in the Center-Val de Loire region ). Before its dissolution in 1791, the Bourbonnais covered 8,039 km² with 285,000 inhabitants. In addition to the former capital, Montluçon and Vichy are other important places. The Loire , Allier and Cher rivers flow through the region .

The Bourbonnais is divided into the following landscapes, which can still be found today in the names of the communal associations (French communauté de communes ):


In the Middle Ages the province belonged to the county of Bourges . In the middle of the 13th century, the Bourbonnais came under the influence of the Duke of Burgundy , but through a female line of succession, the area finally came into the possession of the Capetian Prince Robert , the youngest son of King Louis IX. of the saint .