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Moulins

(mo͞olăN`), city (1990 pop. 23,353), capital of Allier dept., central France, on the Allier River. Clothing, shoes, dyes, automobile parts, and household products are manufactured. It is also an agricultural market. Formerly capital of the duchy of BourbonnaisBourbonnais
, former province, central France, in the northern part of the Massif Central. It was approximately the same area as today's Allier dept. It is a largely arid plateau (except for the fertile Limagne area in the west).
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 (c.10th–16th cent.), Moulins has remarkable artistic and historic treasures. The cathedral contains a superb 15th-century triptych, and the tomb of Henri, duc de MontmorencyMontmorency, Henri, duc de,
the younger, 1595–1632, admiral and marshal of France; son of the elder Henri de Montmorency. He became governor of Languedoc in 1613 and fought in the religious and foreign wars of Louis XIII's reign.
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, designed by François AnguierAnguier, François
, 1604–69, French sculptor. He is noted for the monuments of the Longuevilles and of Jacques Souvré (Louvre). His most ambitious work is probably the mausoleum of Henri II, duc de Montmorency, in Moulins.
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, is at the former convent (now a school) of the Order of Visitation. Other historic buildings are the ruined castle of the dukes of Bourbon and a Renaissance pavilion. Although the dukes resided at Moulins from the mid-14th cent., the city did not become capital of the duchy until the late 15th cent. The duchy was confiscated by the French crown in 1527. In 1566, Charles IX held an assembly at Moulins where important administrative and legal reforms were adopted. The national theatrical costume museum is in the city.

Moulins

a market town in central France, on the Allier River. Pop.: 21 892 (1999)
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