) (French: le Perche
) is a former province or county of northwestern France, best known for its forests and its Percheron work horse
. It was primarily located within the present-day departments
, with small parts now in the neighboring departments of Eure
Presently, Perche is bounded by Normandy to the north and west, Maine to the south-west, Vendomois and Dunois to the south, Beauce to the east and Thimerais to the north-east.
The greater part of the district is occupied by a semicircle of heights (from 650 to 1000 ft. in height), known as les collines du Perche (the Hills of Perche), stretching from Moulins-la-Marche on the northwest to Montmirail on the south; within the basin formed thereby the shape of which is defined by the Huisne, an affluent of the Sarthe, lie the chief towns of Mortagne-au-Perche, Nogent-le-Rotrou and Bellême.
There are many historic towns in Perche (each one here listed here because it appears in the map above, with distances added from nearest central town, Condé-sur-Huisne):
The chief market towns are presently Mortagne-au-Perche and Nogent-le-Rotrou (both former capitals).
Other nearby towns around the outskirts of Perche include (starting from the north, clockwise): L'Aigle, Dreux, Chartres, Brou and Châteaudun, La Ferté-Bernard, Le Mans, Mamers, Alençon and Sées.
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