Place:Dauphiné, France


TypeGeneral region
Located inFrance
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The Dauphiné or Dauphiné Viennois is a former province in southeastern France, whose area roughly corresponded to that of the present departments of , , and . The Dauphiné (also historically called the Dauphiny in English) was originally the County of Albon, but the counts took the title Dauphin, from which the region gets its name. It was a state of the Holy Roman Empire, although after 1349 it was ruled by the King of France, and often by his heir, with the title of Dauphin. It remained an imperial state until the French Revolution, but after 1457 it was controlled by the French crown without outside interference or internal autonomy.

The historical capital is Grenoble and the other main towns are Vienne, Valence, Montélimar, Gap and Romans-sur-Isère. Its inhabitants are called Dauphinois.

Le Dauphiné Libéré is a famous regional French newspaper, and organized the Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré (now known as the Critérium du Dauphiné) cycle stage race prior to 2010.

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