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Country  France
Region  Centre-Val de Loire

Area  46,386
Mayor  Jean-Francois Mayet
Chateauroux Festival of Chateauroux

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Châteauroux ([ʃ]) is the capital of the Indre department in central France and the second-largest town in the province of Berry, after Bourges. Its residents are called Castelroussins.


Map of Châteauroux

Chateauroux little big ville

Geography and climate

Châteauroux temperatures range from an average January low of 0.8 °C (33 °F) to an average August high of 25.1 °C (77 °F).


The old town, close to the river, forms a nucleus around which a newer and more extensive quarter, bordered by boulevards, has grown up; the suburbs of St. Christophe and Déols lie on the right bank of the Indre. The castle from which the city takes its name was built in the latter part of the 10th century by Raoul, prince of Déols. From 920 to 1008, the Norman raids forced the monks of the abbey of Saint-Gildas-de-Rhuys, founded in Britanny by Saint Gildas, to bring his relics to the abbey of Saint-Gildas of Châteauroux that they founded under the protection of the prince Ebbes of Déols, father of Raoul. During the Middle Ages it was the seat of a seigniory, which passed to the Chauvigny from 1207 to 1473 and was raised to the rank of countship in 1497 for Jean V d'Aumont. In 1616, when it was held by Henry II, Prince of Condé, it was raised to the rank of duchy. In 1736 it returned to the crown, and was given to Marie Anne de Mailly-Nesle, duchess of Châteauroux, by Louis XV in 1744. The present Château Raoul housing the préfecture offices dates from the 15th century.


Châteauroux is one of the communes awarded the grand prize by the Concours National des Villes et Villages Fleuris, a beautification initiative begun in 1959.


  • Château de Bouges
  • Château Raoul
  • Church of St. André
  • Church of St. Martial
  • Église Notre-Dame
  • Convent of the Cordeliers
  • Equinoxe
  • La Prairie St. Gildas
  • Le Parc de loisirs de Belle-Isle
  • Le Tarmac
  • Musée Bertrand
  • Musée des Arts et Traditions Populaires
  • Musée du Compagnonnage
  • Public Garden and the Jardins des Cordeliers
  • Quartier St. Christophe
  • Sports

    La Berrichonne de Châteauroux is the town's football club based in Châteauroux, founded in 1883. The team currently plays in Ligue 2, the second division of French football, and played only one season in Ligue 1 in 1997–98. Châteauroux reached the final of the 2003–04 Coupe de France, where they were defeated 1–0 by Paris Saint-Germain, qualifying for the following season's UEFA Cup. The team play their home fixtures at the 17,173-capacity Stade Gaston Petit.


  • Bals'arts
  • Festival Country Good Old Days Châteauroux
  • Festival de théâtre "les Nocthalies"
  • Festival Multirythmes
  • Festival Populaire du Folklore
  • Forum des associations
  • La Biennale de Céramique contemporaine
  • La Châteauroux Classic d'Indre Trophée Fenioux
  • Les Litztomanias
  • Rock à Belle-Isle
  • Salon du livre de Châteauroux
  • Stage festival de danse de Châteauroux (DARC)
  • Vendredi...Musique
  • Transport

    There are direct services from Châteauroux railway station to Paris, Orléans, Limoges, Toulouse, and several other regional destinations. The A20 motorway connects Châteauroux with Vierzon, Brive-la-Gaillarde, and Toulouse.


    The city offers free public transportation since 2001. Total ridership is up 208% between 2001 and 2012.


    Born in Châteauroux:

  • Henri Gratien, Comte Bertrand (1773–1844), general of Napoleon's army
  • Albert Aurier (1865–1892), symbolist poet, writer and art critic
  • Marcel Boussac (1889–1980), entrepreneur and horse breeder
  • Jack Claude Nezat (born 1943), author, City Councilor of Lésigny (France), initiator of Lésigny-Leingarten twinning, founder and first President of Rencontres Franco Allemandes, Annecy (Annecy-Bayreuth twinning)
  • Gérard Depardieu (born 1948), actor and businessman
  • Dean Brown (born 1955), jazz guitarist
  • Mardi Jacquet (born 1960), playmate
  • Tom Darby (born 1960), American journalist, Nevada Broadcast Hall of Fame inductee, author and blogger
  • Gilles Sunu (born 1991), footballer
  • Roger Barbat (born 1934), International Illusionist as : Le Magicien Blanc
  • Other personalities

  • Jean Lauron (1560–1620)
  • Jean-Claude Guymon de la Touche (1723–1760)
  • Pierre Leroux (1797–1871)
  • Napoléon Chaix (1807–1865)
  • Adolphe Combanaire (1859–1939)
  • George-Albert Aurier (1865–1892)
  • Fernand Maillaud (1862–1948)
  • Bernard Naudin (1876–1946)
  • Ernest Nivet (1871–1948)
  • Émile Goué (1904–1946)
  • Abbé Paviot
  • Édouard Ramonet (1909–1980)
  • Louis Suard
  • Jean Fourton (1934-), writer, humanist, painter and psychoanalyst. Former town councillor of Châteauroux (1957 to 1967).
  • International relations

    Châteauroux is twinned with:

  • Gütersloh (Germany) since 1977
  • Bittou (a commune of Burkina Faso) since November 1985
  • Olsztyn (Poland) since 23 February 1991
  • References

    Châteauroux Wikipedia

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