The Creuse river and surrounding buildings
|Region||Centre-Val de Loire|
|• Mayor (2008–2014)||Michel Sapin|
|Area1||29.34 km2 (11.33 sq mi)|
|• Density||180/km2 (460/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
|INSEE/Postal code||36006 / 36200|
|Elevation||99–234 m (325–768 ft)
(avg. 119 m or 390 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.
The modern city is built close to the site of the Gallo-Roman city of Argentomagus which lies a little to the north. The site has been developed as a museum visitor attraction. The name of the ancient town probably derives from the Latin word for "silver", as the town was a center of silver work.
The 11th edition of the Encyclopædia Britannica of 1911 described the city as follows: "The river is crossed by two bridges, and its banks are bordered by picturesque old houses. There are numerous tanneries, and the manufacture of boots, shoes and linen goods is carried on". One of the riverside mills has been converted into the "Museum of the Shirt and Masculine Elegance".
- Antoine Berman (1942-1991), translator and philosopher
- Gilles Clément (born 1943), botanist and writer
- Raymond Rollinat (1859-1931), naturalist
- Michel Sapin (born 1952), politician
The village of Saint-Benoît-du-Sault is 20 minutes away by road. South of Argenton is the valley of the River Creuse. The village of Gargilesse is nearby; there the home of the writer George Sand may be visited.
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- Tourist Information Office website (in French)
- Argentomagus museum website (English-language version)
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