The Saône (French pronunciation: ​[soːn];[1] Arpitan Sona) is a river o eastren Fraunce. It is a richt tributary o the River Rhône. Risin at Vioménil in the Vosges depairtment, it jyns the Rhône in Lyon.

Saône (Sona)
The Saône in Lyon bi nicht.
Kintras Fraunce, Swisserland
 - left Doubs, Lanterne
 - right Azergues, Morgon
Soorce Vioménil
 - location Vosges
 - elevation 392 m (1,286 ft)
 - coordinates 48°05′40″N 6°10′55″E / 48.094444°N 6.181944°E / 48.094444; 6.181944
Mooth Rhône
 - location Lyon, France
 - elevation 158 m (518 ft)
 - coordinates 45°43′39″N 4°49′4″E / 45.72750°N 4.81778°E / 45.72750; 4.81778Coordinates: 45°43′39″N 4°49′4″E / 45.72750°N 4.81778°E / 45.72750; 4.81778
Lenth 473 km (294 mi)
Area 29,950 km2 (11,564 sq mi)
 - average 410 m3/s (14,479 cu ft/s)
Scenic view o the banks o the Saône in Lyon, shawin Lyon Cathedral, the Basilica o Notre-Dame de Fourvière, an the Tour métallique de Fourvière

The name "Saône" derives frae that o the Gallic river goddess Souconna, which haes also been connectit wi a local Celtic tribe, the Sequanes. Monastic copyists progressively transformed "Souconna" tae "Saoconna", which ultimately gae rise tae "Saône". The ither recordit auncient names for the river wur Brigoulus an Arar.


  1. (in French) Jean-Marie Pierret, Phonétique historique du français et notions de phonétique générale, Peeters, Louvain-la-Neuve, 1994, p. 104.

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