Puy-de-Dôme (lo Puèi de Doma / lo Puèi Domat in the Auvergnat dialect of the Occitan language) is a department in the center of France named after the famous dormant volcano, the Puy-de-Dôme.
Puy-de-Dôme is one of the original 83 departments created during the French Revolution
on March 4
. It was created from the former province
. Originally, the department was to be called Mont d'Or
("golden mountain"), but this was judged not to be a very egalitarian name.
Puy-de-Dôme is part of the current region
and is surrounded by the departments of Loire
, and Creuse
The department is in the Massif Central and boasts more than 80 volcanic craters.
It is three hours from Paris and an hour from Lyon by highways A71 and A72. The A75 links it to the Mediterranean Sea.
Main cities are Clermont-Ferrand, Thiers, Riom, Issoire, Ambert and Cournon-d'Auvergne.