is a department
in west-central France
named after the Indre
and the Loire
Indre-et-Loire is one of the original 83 départements created during the French Revolution on March 4, 1790. It was created from the former province of Touraine.
Tours was a center of learning in the early Middle Ages.
Indre-et-Loire is part of the current region of Centre (Val de Loire) and is surrounded by the départements of Loir-et-Cher, Indre, Vienne, Maine-et-Loire, and Sarthe.
Indre-et-Loire is home to numerous outstanding châteaux that are open to the public, among them are the following: