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Massif Central

Range TypeMountain range with well-recognized name
Highest PointPuy de Sancy (1885 m/6184 ft)
CountriesFrance
States/ProvincesPoitou-Charentes (14%), Auvergne (14%), Midi-Pyrenees (13%), Centre (13%), Languedoc-Roussillon (10%), Limousin (9%), Aquitaine (9%), Rhône-Alpes (7%), Pays de la Loire (7%), Bourgogne (2%)
(numbers are approximate percentage of range area)
Area182,040 sq km / 70,286 sq mi
Area may include lowland areas
Extent523 km / 325 mi North-South
571 km / 355 mi East-West
Center Lat/Long45° 32' N; 1° 21' E
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Map of Massif Central
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Northwest EuropeLevel 2 (Parent)
         IrelandLevel 3 (Sibling)
         Great BritainLevel 3 (Sibling)
         North France-West Rhine AreaLevel 3 (Sibling)
         German HighlandsLevel 3 (Sibling)
         Massif CentralLevel 3
                 Northwestern Massif CentralLevel 4 (Child)
                 Monts d’AuvergneLevel 4 (Child)
                 Northeast Massif CentralLevel 4 (Child)
                 Central Massif CentralLevel 4 (Child)
                 CévennesLevel 4 (Child)
                 Southwest Massif CentralLevel 4 (Child)



Major Peaks of the Massif Central

Ten Highest Peaks
RankPeak NamemftRange4
1.Puy de Sancy18856184Monts d’Auvergne
2.Plomb du Cantal18556086Monts d’Auvergne
3.Puy Ferrand18546083Monts d’Auvergne
4.Puy de Peyre Arse18065925Monts d’Auvergne
5.Puy de Cacadogne17855856Monts d’Auvergne
6.Puy Mary17835850Monts d’Auvergne
7.Puy Redon17815843Monts d’Auvergne
8.Puy des Crebasses17625781Monts d’Auvergne
9.Mont Mézenc17535751Cévennes
10.Puy de l'Angle17385702Monts d’Auvergne
Sub-peaks are excluded from this list. List may not be complete, since only summits in the PBC Database are included.
Child Range High Points
RankPeak NamemftRange4
1.Puy de Sancy18856184Monts d’Auvergne
2.Mont Mézenc17535751Cévennes
3.Pierre-sur-Haute16345361Northeast Massif Central
4.Montchouvet14844869Central Massif Central
5.Mont Seigné11283701Southwest Massif Central
6.Mont Bessou9763202Northwestern Massif Central



Photos of Peaks in the Massif Central

Puy de Sancy

The Puy de Sancy from the northwest (1985-06).
Mont Saint-Rigaud
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The wooden double-helical observation tower on Mont Saint-Rigaud, highest point in the Department of Rhône (2011-08-20). Photo by Peter Stone.
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