Quercy

Quercy is a former province of France located in the southwest of France, bounded on the north by Limousin, on the west by Périgord and Agenais, on the south by Gascony and Languedoc, and on the east by Rouergue and Auvergne.

Today, Quercy is divided between the département of Lot (which it makes up in its entirety) and the northern half of the département of Tarn-et-Garonne. The traditional capital of Quercy is Cahors, now préfecture (capital) of the Lot département.

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The largest town of Quercy is Montauban, préfecture of Tarn-et-Garonne. However, Montauban lies at the traditional border between Quercy and Languedoc, in an area very different from the rest of Quercy, and it is closer historically and culturally to Toulouse and the rest of Languedoc, therefore it should be considered a special case, not totally part of Quercy.

Also distinct from the rest of the region is the Quercy Blanc lying between Cahors and the southern boundary of the Lot, characterised by its white limestone buildings.




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