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Loire

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The Loire (French pronunciation: ​[lwaʁ]; Occitan: Léger; Breton: Liger) is the longest river in France and the 171st longest in the world. With a length of 1,012 kilometres (629 mi), it drains an area of 117,054 km2 (45,195 sq mi), or more than a fifth of France's land area, while its average discharge is only half that of the Rhône.
It rises in the highlands of the southeastern quarter of the French Massif Central in the Cévennes range (in the department of Ardèche) at 1,350 m (4,430 ft) near Mont Gerbier de Jonc; it flows north through Nevers to Orléans, then west through Tours and Nantes until it reaches the Bay of Biscay (Atlantic Ocean) at Saint-Nazaire. Its main tributaries include the rivers Nièvre, Maine and the Erdre on its right bank, and the rivers Allier, Cher, Indre, Vienne, and the Sèvre Nantaise on the left bank.
The Loire gives its name to six departments: Loire, Haute-Loire, Loire-Atlantique, Indre-et-Loire, Maine-et-Loire, and Saône-et-Loire. The central part of the Loire Valley, located in the Pays de la Loire and Centre-Val de Loire regions, was added to the World Heritage Sites list of UNESCO on December 2, 2000. Vineyards and châteaux are found along the banks of the river throughout this section and are a major tourist attraction.
The human history of the Loire river valley begins with the Middle Palaeolithic period of 90–40 kya (thousand years ago), followed by modern humans (about 30 kya), succeeded by the Neolithic period (6,000 to 4,500 BC), all of the recent Stone Age in Europe. Then came the Gauls, the historical tribes in the Loire during the Iron Age period 1500 to 500 BC; they used the Loire as a major riverine trading route by 600 BC, establishing trade with the Greeks on the Mediterranean coast. Gallic rule ended in the valley in 56 BC when Julius Caesar conquered the adjacent provinces for Rome. Christianity was introduced into this valley from the 3rd century AD, as missionaries (many later recognized as saints), converted the pagans. In this period, settlers established vineyards and began producing wines.The Loire Valley has been called the "Garden of France" and is studded with over a thousand châteaux, each with distinct architectural embellishments covering a wide range of variations, from the early medieval to the late Renaissance periods. They were originally created as feudal strongholds, over centuries past, in the strategic divide between southern and northern France; now many are privately owned.
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Loire

Loire

River in France

  • Desc: The Loire is the longest river in France and the 171st longest in the world. With a length of 1,012 kilometres, it drains an area of 117,054 km², or more than a fifth of France's land area, while its average discharge is only half that of the Rhône.
  • Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loire
  • Type: BodyOfWater, Thing, Place, RiverBodyOfWater
  • Result Score: 85.98
Loire

Loire

French Department

Loire-Atlantique

Loire-Atlantique

French Department

  • Desc: Loire-Atlantique is a department in Pays de la Loire on the west coast of France named after the Loire River and the Atlantic Ocean.
  • Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loire-Atlantique
  • Type: Place, Thing, AdministrativeArea
  • Result Score: 59.69
Loire Valley

Loire Valley

Region in Courtenay, Loiret, France

  • Desc: The Loire Valley wine region includes the French wine regions situated along the Loire River from the Muscadet region near the city of Nantes on the Atlantic coast to the region of Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé just southeast of the city of Orléans in north central France.
  • Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loire_Valley_(wine)
  • Type: Place, Thing
  • Result Score: 44.07
Pays de la Loire

Pays de la Loire

French Region

  • Desc: Pays de la Loire is one of the 18 regions of France, in the west of the mainland. It is one of the regions created in the 1950s to serve as a zone of influence for its capital, Nantes, one of a handful of so-called "balancing metropolises" ¹.
  • URL: http://www.paysdelaloire.fr/
  • Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pays_de_la_Loire
  • Type: Thing, Place
  • Result Score: 41.37
Centre-Val de Loire

Centre-Val de Loire

French Region

Haute-Loire

Haute-Loire

French Department

  • Desc: Haute-Loire is a department in south-central France named after the Loire River. Haute-Loire is part of the current region of Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes and is surrounded by the departments of Loire, Ardèche, Lozère, Cantal, and Puy-de-Dôme.
  • Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haute-Loire
  • Type: Thing, Place, AdministrativeArea
  • Result Score: 33.73
Loiré

Loiré

Commune in France

Maine-et-Loire

Maine-et-Loire

French Department

  • Type: Place, Thing, AdministrativeArea
  • Result Score: 32.65
Blain

Blain

Commune in France

Saône-et-Loire

Saône-et-Loire

French Department

  • Type: Thing, Place, AdministrativeArea
  • Result Score: 31.95
Indre-et-Loire

Indre-et-Loire

French Department

  • Desc: Indre-et-Loire is a department in west-central France named after the Indre River and Loire River. In 2016, it had a population of 606,223.
  • Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indre-et-Loire
  • Type: Thing, Place, AdministrativeArea
  • Result Score: 28.65
Givry

Givry

Commune in France

Taizé

Taizé

Commune in France

  • Desc: Taizé is a commune in the Saône-et-Loire department in the region of Bourgogne-Franche-Comté in eastern France. The commune lies 33 kilometres northwest of Mâcon, the capital of Saône-et-Loire. Mâcon itself is south of the town of Cluny.
  • Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taiz%C3%A9,_Sa%C3%B4ne-et-Loire
  • Type: Place, Thing, City
  • Result Score: 25.62
Sparkling wine

Sparkling wine

Wine type

  • Desc: Sparkling wine is a wine with significant levels of carbon dioxide in it, making it fizzy. While the phrase commonly refers to champagne, EU countries legally reserve that term for products exclusively produced in the Champagne region of France.
  • Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sparkling_wine
  • Type: Thing
  • Result Score: 25.38
Chagny

Chagny

Commune in France

Château de Chaumont

Château de Chaumont

Castle in Chaumont-sur-Loire, France

  • Desc: The Château de Chaumont is a castle in Chaumont-sur-Loire, Loir-et-Cher, France. The castle was founded in the 10th century by Odo I, Count of Blois. After Pierre d'Amboise rebelled against Louis XI, the king ordered the castle's destruction. Later in the 15th century Château de Chaumont was rebuilt by Charles I d'Amboise.
  • Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ch%C3%A2teau_de_Chaumont
  • Type: Thing, LandmarksOrHistoricalBuildings, Place, TouristAttraction, Museum, CivicStructure
  • Result Score: 24.86
Azé

Azé

Commune in France

Angers

Angers

City in France

Loire-Authion

Loire-Authion

Commune

  • Desc: Loire-Authion is a commune in the Maine-et-Loire department of western France. The municipality was established on 1 January 2016 and consists of the former communes of Saint-Mathurin-sur-Loire, Andard, Bauné, La Bohalle, Brain-sur-l'Authion, Corné and La Daguenière.
  • Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loire-Authion
  • Type: City, Thing, Place
  • Result Score: 24.13
Tours

Tours

City in France

  • Desc: Tours is a city in the west of France. It is the administrative centre of the Indre-et-Loire department and the largest city in the Centre-Val de Loire region of France.
  • URL: http://www.tours.fr/
  • Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tours
  • Type: AdministrativeArea, Thing, Place, City
  • Result Score: 24.05
Trosly-Loire

Trosly-Loire

Commune in France

Sully-sur-Loire

Sully-sur-Loire

Commune in France

  • Desc: Sully-sur-Loire is a commune in the Loiret department in north-central France. It is the seat of the canton of Sully-sur-Loire. The canton includes the communes of: Cerdon Guilly Isdes Lion-en-Sullias Saint-Aignan-le-Jaillard Saint-Florent Saint-Père-sur-Loire Sully-sur-Loire Viglain Villemurlin
  • Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sully-sur-Loire
  • Type: Thing, City, Place
  • Result Score: 23.41

Loire

Vocalist

  • Desc: Loire Cotler is a Rhythm Vocalist, arranger, composer, recording artist, educator and certified Music Therapist known for her outstanding Konnakol, Scat singing and original world jazz standard interpretations.
  • Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loire_(musician)
  • Type: Thing, Person
  • Result Score: 23.26
Montbrison

Montbrison

Commune in France

  • Desc: Montbrison is a commune in the Loire department in central France. Montbrison was the historical capital of the counts of Forez, and today it is the principal city in the Forez.
  • Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Montbrison,_Loire
  • Type: Thing, Place, City
  • Result Score: 23.05
Châteauneuf-sur-Loire

Châteauneuf-sur-Loire

Commune in France

Monistrol-sur-Loire

Monistrol-sur-Loire

Commune in France

  • Desc: Monistrol-sur-Loire is a commune in the Haute-Loire department in south-central France. It is the birthplace of former Roman Catholic archbishop Armand-François-Marie de Charbonnel
  • Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monistrol-sur-Loire
  • Type: Thing, City, Place
  • Result Score: 22.90
Chaumont-sur-Loire

Chaumont-sur-Loire

Commune in France

  • Desc: Chaumont-sur-Loire is a commune in the Loir-et-Cher department in central France known for its historical defensive walls and its castle.
  • Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chaumont-sur-Loire
  • Type: Thing, Place, City
  • Result Score: 22.90
La Charité-sur-Loire

La Charité-sur-Loire

Commune in France

Loire

Commune in France

Meung-sur-Loire

Meung-sur-Loire

Commune in France

  • Desc: Meung-sur-Loire is a commune in the Loiret department in north-central France. It was the site of the Battle of Meung-sur-Loire in 1429.
  • Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meung-sur-Loire
  • Type: Place, Thing, City
  • Result Score: 22.62
Châtillon-sur-Loire

Châtillon-sur-Loire

Commune in France

Chalonnes-sur-Loire

Chalonnes-sur-Loire

Commune in France

  • Desc: Chalonnes-sur-Loire is a commune in the Maine-et-Loire department in western France. It is located on the right bank of the Loire River in the Loire Valley UNESCO World Heritage Site area.
  • Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chalonnes-sur-Loire
  • Type: Thing, Place, AdministrativeArea, City
  • Result Score: 22.49
Château de Sully-sur-Loire

Château de Sully-sur-Loire

Castle in Sully-sur-Loire, France

  • Desc: The Château de Sully-sur-Loire is a castle, converted to a palatial seigneurial residence, situated in the commune of Sully-sur-Loire, Loiret, France.
  • Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ch%C3%A2teau_de_Sully-sur-Loire
  • Type: Thing, TouristAttraction, Place, Organization, CivicStructure, Museum
  • Result Score: 22.43
Montlouis-sur-Loire

Montlouis-sur-Loire

Commune in France

  • Desc: Montlouis-sur-Loire is a commune in the Indre-et-Loire department in central France. The name was Laudiacum mons under Roman province Lugdunensis III.
  • Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Montlouis-sur-Loire
  • Type: Thing, Place, City
  • Result Score: 22.35
AS Saint-Étienne

AS Saint-Étienne

Soccer club

Lugny

Lugny

Commune in France

Loire

Commune in France

Ca Loire-haute-loire

Company

  • Type: Organization, Thing, Corporation
  • Result Score: 22.16

Loire

Commune in France

Cosne-Cours-sur-Loire

Cosne-Cours-sur-Loire

Commune in France

Vitry-sur-Loire

Vitry-sur-Loire

Commune in France

  • Desc: Vitry-sur-Loire is a commune in the Saône-et-Loire department in the region of Bourgogne in eastern France.
  • Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vitry-sur-Loire
  • Type: Thing, Place, AdministrativeArea, City
  • Result Score: 22.02
Gilly-sur-Loire

Gilly-sur-Loire

Commune in France

  • Desc: Gilly-sur-Loire is a commune in the Saône-et-Loire department in the region of Bourgogne in eastern France.
  • Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gilly-sur-Loire
  • Type: Thing, Place, AdministrativeArea, City
  • Result Score: 22.01
Mâcon

Mâcon

City in France

  • Desc: Mâcon, historically anglicised as Mascon, is a city in east-central France. It is the prefecture of the department of Saône-et-Loire in Bourgogne-Franche-Comté. Mâcon is home to over 34,000 residents, who are referred to in French as Mâconnais. The city gave its name to the nearby vineyards and wine 'appellation'.
  • URL: http://www.macon.fr/
  • Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M%C3%A2con
  • Type: Thing, Place, City
  • Result Score: 21.97
Thouaré-sur-Loire

Thouaré-sur-Loire

Commune in France

Aurec-sur-Loire

Aurec-sur-Loire

Commune in France

Montchanin

Montchanin

Commune in France

  • Desc: Montchanin is a commune in the Saône-et-Loire department in the region of Bourgogne-Franche-Comté in eastern France.
  • Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Montchanin
  • Type: Thing, Place, City
  • Result Score: 21.83
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