Yzeures-sur-Creuse

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Yzeures-sur-Creuse
Main square and church
Main square and church
Yzeures-sur-Creuse is located in France
Yzeures-sur-Creuse
Yzeures-sur-Creuse
Coordinates: 46°47′11″N 0°52′18″E / 46.7864°N 0.8717°E / 46.7864; 0.8717Coordinates: 46°47′11″N 0°52′18″E / 46.7864°N 0.8717°E / 46.7864; 0.8717
Country France
Region Centre
Department Indre-et-Loire
Arrondissement Loches
Canton Preuilly-sur-Claise
Intercommunality Touraine du Sud
Government
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Alain Chartier
Area
 • Land1 55.42 km2 (21.40 sq mi)
Population (2009)
 • Population2 1,469
 • Population2 density 27/km2 (69/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 37282 / 37290
Elevation 53–139 m (174–456 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.

Yzeures-sur-Creuse is a commune in the Indre-et-Loire department in central France.

It is one of the oldest towns in Touraine, occupation dating back to the Upper Paleolithic era more than 10,000 years before Christ. During Ancient history and the Merovingian dynasty, it had an important role.[citation needed]

Today, it's a village of 1500 inhabitants, situated in a rural setting. The town benefits from the spa activity of the nearby town of La Roche-Posay. Yzeures also offers a range of tourism activities and second homes are numerous.

Its inhabitants are called Yzeurois, Yzeuroises.

Geography[edit]

Yzeures sur Creuse en Indre et Loire
Yzeures sur Creuse in the Indre et Loire département.

Yzeures-sur-Creuse is located between Tours and Poitiers in the centre of France, on the banks of the Creuse River. The Creuse River meets the Gartempe River 3 kilometres (1.9 mi) from Yzeures near the spa town of La Roche-Posay.

It has the distinction of being the only town of Touraine to expand both on the right bank and left bank of the Creuse River. It's also the only town in the department to be watered by the Gartempe River.

Yzeures sur Creuse lies at the meeting point of the three departments of Indre et Loire (37), Indre (36) and Vienne (86).

Neighboring communes[edit]

The town has nine surrounding communities. Five are located in the department of Indre-et-Loire (Chambon, Boussay, Preuilly-sur-Claise, Bossay-sur-Claise and Tournon-Saint-Pierre), three in the department of Vienne (Vicq-sur-Gartempe, La Roche-Posay and Lésigny) and one in the department of Indre (Neons-sur-Creuse).

Nearby towns[edit]

By road,[1] the village is located midway between Descartes, Chatellerault and Le Blanc about 15.5 miles (24.9 km). Tours is 85 km distant, and Poitiers 53 km distant.

Population[edit]

Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1793 1,298 —    
1800 1,286 −0.9%
1806 1,347 +4.7%
1821 1,389 +3.1%
1831 1,690 +21.7%
1836 1,774 +5.0%
1841 1,828 +3.0%
1846 1,880 +2.8%
1851 1,874 −0.3%
1856 1,938 +3.4%
1861 1,908 −1.5%
1866 1,903 −0.3%
1872 1,855 −2.5%
1876 1,837 −1.0%
1881 1,792 −2.4%
1886 1,823 +1.7%
1891 1,874 +2.8%
1896 1,843 −1.7%
1901 1,793 −2.7%
1906 1,777 −0.9%
1911 1,728 −2.8%
1921 1,625 −6.0%
1926 1,653 +1.7%
1931 1,607 −2.8%
1936 1,520 −5.4%
1946 1,527 +0.5%
1954 1,445 −5.4%
1962 1,529 +5.8%
1968 1,588 +3.9%
1975 1,737 +9.4%
1982 1,820 +4.8%
1990 1,747 −4.0%
1999 1,477 −15.5%
2006 1,467 −0.7%
2009 1,469 +0.1%

Sights[edit]

Archaeological structures[edit]

Dolmen de la Pierre Levée
Dolmen de la Pierre Levée
  • Dolmen de la Pierre Levée, near the hamlet of Confluent.

Buildings[edit]

  • The manor house of Granges, dating from the sixteenth century. Has been listed as a monument historique
  • The château of Harembure, dating from the eighteenth century to the nineteenth century
  • The château of Pairé or Péré, dating from the sixteenth century
  • The château of Thou, dating from the sixteenth century. Has been listed as a monument historique
  • The château of Marigny, dating from the seventeenth century.
  • The manor house of Gaudru, dating from the fifteenth century.
  • The château of La Mothe, dating from the nineteenth century.
  • The church of Notre-Dame, rebuilt in the nineteenth century. This church is built on the site of a Gallo-Roman temple of Minerva.

Museums[edit]

Gallo Roman Museum of Minerva
Gallo-Roman Museum of Minerva
Mado Robin Museum
Mado Robin Museum
  • Mado Robin Museum : Museum to the life of this French soprano. (opened in 2009)

You can see pictures, posters and audio-visual materials, and also her stage costumes presented in reconstituted sets of her greatest roles.

  • Gallo Roman Museum of Minerva : 80 sculptures limestone blocks and fragmentary sculptures of a Gallo-Roman temple and a column of Minerva. It regularly hosts temporary exhibitions.

Events[edit]

  • Yzeures'n'Flore. Festival of flowers in April.
  • Fête de la Musique
  • Ethni'cité Festival on Saturday 11 July 2009.
  • Yzeures'n'Rock Free Concert. In 2009, the 4th edition of this event will be held on Saturday 1 August

Personalities[edit]

This is a list of people of interest who were born or resided in Yzeures sur Creuse:

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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