Montrichard

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For the Napoleonic French general, see Joseph Hélie Désiré Perruquet de Montrichard.
Montrichard
Montrichard is located in France
Montrichard
Montrichard
Coordinates: 47°20′37″N 1°11′03″E / 47.3436°N 1.1842°E / 47.3436; 1.1842Coordinates: 47°20′37″N 1°11′03″E / 47.3436°N 1.1842°E / 47.3436; 1.1842
Country France
Region Centre
Department Loir-et-Cher
Arrondissement Blois
Canton Montrichard
Intercommunality Cher à la Loire
Government
 • Mayor (2001–2008) Patrick Maupu
Area
 • Land1 14.36 km2 (5.54 sq mi)
Population (1999)
 • Population2 6,624
 • Population2 density 460/km2 (1,200/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 41151 / 41400
Elevation 59–134 m (194–440 ft)
(avg. 68 m or 223 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.

Montrichard is a town and commune in the Loir-et-Cher département, in France.

Geography[edit]

The town lies on the north bank of the Cher River. 32 kilometres (20 mi) south of Blois, 73 kilometres (45 mi) west of Vierzon and 42 kilometres (26 mi) east of Tours. The countryside is mainly constituted of vineyard, woods, cattle and cereals.

Sites and monuments[edit]

  • Château de Montrichard, a medieaval castle.
  • Nanteuil Church (12th, 13th, 15th centuries), whose statue of the Virgin Mary is the object of a very ancient pilgrimage on Whit Monday.
  • Church of the Holy Cross (Église Ste-Croix) has a fine Romanesque doorway and was the site of Joan of France's marriage to the future king.
  • Château de Pont-Cher, a 15th-century home built into the cliff, containing the René Galloux collection of prehistoric and Gallo-Roman artefacts from excavations in the Cher valley.[1]

Notable people[edit]

Popular culture[edit]

The town is mentioned in the 2002 feature film Catch Me If You Can, as the town from which the mother of Frank Abagnale came. Later in the film, Abagnale has set up a high-end printing facility for printing corporate cheques in Montrichard when he is tracked down and arrested by the FBI.

The Cher River in Montrichard

References[edit]

  1. ^ Châteaux of the Loire p76 Michelin Tyre Co Ltd 1977 ISBN 2-06-013210-X
  2. ^ "Luce Ben Aben School of Arab Embroidery I, Algiers, Algeria". World Digital Library. 1899. Retrieved 2013-09-26.