Saint-Doulchard

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Saint-Doulchard
Saint-Doulchard is located in France
Saint-Doulchard
Saint-Doulchard
Coordinates: 47°06′20″N 2°21′27″E / 47.1056°N 2.3575°E / 47.1056; 2.3575Coordinates: 47°06′20″N 2°21′27″E / 47.1056°N 2.3575°E / 47.1056; 2.3575
Country France
Region Centre
Department Cher
Arrondissement Bourges
Canton Saint-Doulchard
Intercommunality Bourges Plus
Government
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Daniel Bézard
Area
 • Land1 24.01 km2 (9.27 sq mi)
Population (2008)
 • Population2 9,051
 • Population2 density 380/km2 (980/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 18205 / 18230
Elevation 119–167 m (390–548 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.

Saint-Doulchard is a commune in the Cher department in the Centre region of France. It is on the outskirts of Bourges.

History[edit]

In Roman times, it was named Ampeliacum, which literally means "the vineyard hillsides", where they grew grapes.

In the Middle Ages, it was home to Dulcardus, a hermit monk who gave his name to the place - St. Doulchard, by then just a village with a small church and bell tower.

With the introduction of railways in the nineteenth century and the Michelin tyre factory in 1950, the commune has grown, attracting businesses, jobs and an ever increasing population.

Geography[edit]

An area of both farming and light industry comprising a small suburban town and several hamlets situated along the banks of the Yèvre and the canal de Berry, immediately to the west of Bourges at the junction of the D104 with the D60 and the N76 with the D400 road.

Population[edit]

Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1962 4,552 —    
1968 5,274 +15.9%
1975 6,609 +25.3%
1982 7,928 +20.0%
1990 9,149 +15.4%
1999 9,018 −1.4%
2008 9,051 +0.4%

Sights[edit]

  • The church, dating from the eleventh century.
  • The chateau of Varye, built in 1870, and its park.
  • The fifteenth-century manorhouse and mill at Ouzy.

Personalities[edit]

International relations[edit]

Saint-Doulchard is twinned with:

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