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Bouches-du-Rhône

Coat of Arms of Bouches-du-Rhône
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Number13
RegionProvence-Alpes-Côte
d'Azur
PrefectureMarseille
SubprefecturesAix-en-Provence
Arles
Istres
Population


 - Total (1999)
 - Density

Ranked 3rd


1,835,719


361 /km²
Area 5,087 km²
Arrondissements4
Cantons58
Communes119
President of the
general council
Jean-Noël Guérini
Location
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Location of Bouches-du-Rhône in France

Bouches-du-Rhône is a département in the south of France named after the mouth of the Rhône River.

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History

Bouches-du-Rhône was one of the original 83 départements created during the French Revolution on March 4, 1790. It was created from part of the former province of Provence and the principalities of Orange, Martigues, and Lambesc. It lost part of its territory in 1793, including Orange and Apt, when the Vaucluse département was created.

Marseille has been an important harbor since before Julius Caesar's conquest of Gaul.

Geography

The département is part of the current région of Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur. It is surrounded by the départments of Gard on the west, Vaucluse on the north, and Var on the east, and by the Mediterranean Sea on the south.

Marseille is an important harbor.

Other significant cities include:

Rivers include:

  • Rhône, which forms the border with the Gard département
  • Rhône delta (la Camargue)

Mountains include:

Culture

The département is well represented in French art. Paul Cézanne painted numerous representations of the Mont Sainte-Victoire. Vincent van Gogh spent much of his life in Aix-en-Provence, painting many scenes in the area.

Istres, fourth largest town of Bouches-du-Rhône (40,000 inhabitants)
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Istres, fourth largest town of Bouches-du-Rhône (40,000 inhabitants)

Tourism

External links

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