|Intercommunality||Bourganeuf et Royère-de-Vassivière|
|• Mayor (2008–2014)||Jean-Pierre Jouhaud|
|• Land1||22.54 km2 (8.70 sq mi)|
|• Population2 density||130/km2 (340/sq mi)|
|INSEE/Postal code||23030 / 23400|
|Elevation||380–602 m (1,247–1,975 ft)
(avg. 413 m or 1,355 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.
An area of farming and forestry, comprising the village and several hamlets situated in the valley of the Taurion river, some 21 miles (34 km) south of Guéret, at the junction of the D8, D912, D940 and the D941.
The year 1103 saw the village become home to the Knights of St John, who built a castle here.
Prince Cem Sultan, pretender to the throne of the Ottoman Empire, was kept prisoner here in the fifteenth century.
In 1886, the commune was the third place in all of France to be supplied with power using hydroelectricity. Thanks to French engineer, Marcel Deprez, the waterfalls of the river were harnessed to light up the streets, mairie, shops and cafes.
- The church of St.Pierre, dating from the twelfth century.
- The church of St.Jean, dating from the fifteenth century.
- The remains of a 12th-century castle.
- Four chapels.
- A museum of electricity.
- The archaeological museum in the Zizim(Cem) tower.
- Martin Nadaud, politician was born in the hamlet of La Martinèche in 1815.
- Thierry Ardisson, television producer and animator, was born here in 1949.
- René Viviani, politician, was born here in 1863.
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