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The church in Braize
|Intercommunality||Pays de Tronçais|
|• Mayor (2008–2014)||Solange Lalevee|
|Area1||20.95 km2 (8.09 sq mi)|
|• Density||14/km2 (35/sq mi)|
|INSEE/Postal code||03037 / 03360|
|Elevation||186–291 m (610–955 ft)
(avg. 230 m or 750 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.
At its widest point, the commune is 8 km across, stretching from the Cher department to the Rond des Landes Blanches. It lies in a valley oriented east and west from La Pacaudière to Les Ris, the lowest point in the commune.
Much of the valley is swampy. It is drained by a brook that flows through several ponds. The lowest point in the commune is on the west.
On the south are the edges of the forest of Tronçais, dominated by several buttes at Rond du Haut du Parc and Puy Aigu, the highest point in the commune at Montaloyer.
On the north, a gentle slope rises to the present town, with its remarkable feudal motte Le Mamelon, close to the farm called La Commanderie. Northwest of Baignereau, the boundary is the river Sologne.
Beyond the village and to the edge of the commune, a slightly rolling plateau leads to the Verneuil vineyards, of which only a small part are still cultivated.
In the 1930s, Braize had a half dozen vineyards of 30 to 40 hectares.
Currently, there are about a half dozen farms raising primarily cattle and sheep. Tourist activities include fishing and camping.
The traditional festival of the patron saint, La Saint Antoine, is celebrated January 17. The Foire aux ânes takes place the last Sunday in August.
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