Loiret, department (1990 pop. 580,612), N central France, partly in Orléanais. Orléans is the capital.
Loiret is a department in north-central France named after the Loiret River.


Loiret is one of the original 83 departments that was created during the French Revolution on March 4, 1790. It was created from the former province of Orléanais.


Loiret is part of the current region of Centre (Val de Loire) and is surrounded by the departments of Seine-et-Marne, Yonne, Nièvre, Cher, Loir-et-Cher, and Eure-et-Loir.


Orléans is a popular tourist destination, with its cathedral of St. Croix.

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