Moulins (Allier)

Moulins is a town with 19,094 inhabitants (as of 1 January 2011) in the French region of Auvergne Allier. It is the seat of the prefecture of the department. This also manages the district Moulins, which consists of twelve cantons. The city is also the capital (French chef-lieu ) of the cantons Moulins Moulins -Sud -Ouest and the seat of the Municipality and Association ( Communauté d' agglomà ) Moulins.

Because of its long history, including the residence of the Dukes of Bourbon, is called the city of Ville d' Art et d' Histoire.


The old town of Moulins is located on the right bank of the Allier, about 50 kilometers north of Vichy. The district of La Madeleine is located on the left side of the Allier; in the East seamlessly adjoining settlement area is already part of the community Yzeure.


Moulins experienced its golden age in the 15th century, when the dukes of Bourbon, after which the region of the northern Massif Central is still called Bourbonnais, resided in the city on the Allier and as the nearby monasteries, especially Souvigny, to spiritual and cultural centers in addition to the political center of Moulins developed. The town's name refers to the mill vessels operating on the Allier until the end of the 18th century and were responsible for the transport of grain crops from this part of France.

The spa tourism, the increasing number of visitors to the Auvergne, especially after Vichy, attracted around 1900, went past Moulins. So it was only the political importance as the capital of the department of Allier. During the German occupation in the Second World War, the border between occupied France and the France of the pro-Nazi Marshal Pétain went through the midst of Moulins, the border guards were stationed at the Pont Régemortes.



Moulins has more than 50 buildings or objects that are classified as a monument historique in the base Mérimée, the database of the French Ministry of Culture or registered in their additional directory. To the protected structures include:

  • Cathedral Notre Dame de Moulins
  • Tour Jacquemart
  • La times Coiffée / Ancien Palais du Bourbon
  • Musée de Beaujeu Anne
  • Musée du Bourbonnais Moulins
  • Rue du Pont Ginguet
  • Centre National du Costume de scène
  • Notre Dame Cathedral
  • Tour Jacquemart
  • City hall (hotel de ville)
  • Musée de Beaujeu Anne
  • Church of St. Peter

Twin Cities


  • James Fitzjames, 1st Duke of Berwick -upon- Tweed, military leader and Marshal
  • Antoine Meillet, linguists of the early 20th century
  • Claude -Louis -Hector de Villars, General
  • Georges Bidault (1899-1983), politician
  • Richard Bohringer, actor
  • Master of Moulins, Painters of the Renaissance
  • Jules Maigret, imaginary police officer and protagonist of numerous detective novels written by Georges Simenon