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Town hall
Town hall
Coat of arms of Bourganeuf
Coat of arms
Bourganeuf is located in France
Coordinates: 45°57′15″N 1°45′23″E / 45.9542°N 1.7564°E / 45.9542; 1.7564Coordinates: 45°57′15″N 1°45′23″E / 45.9542°N 1.7564°E / 45.9542; 1.7564
Country France
Region Nouvelle-Aquitaine
Department Creuse
Arrondissement Guéret
Canton Bourganeuf
Intercommunality Bourganeuf et Royère-de-Vassivière
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Jean-Pierre Jouhaud
Area1 22.54 km2 (8.70 sq mi)
Population (2008)2 2,917
 • Density 130/km2 (340/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
INSEE/Postal code 23030 /23400
Elevation 380–602 m (1,247–1,975 ft)
(avg. 413 m or 1,355 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.

Bourganeuf (Occitan: Borgon Nuòu) is a commune in the Creuse department in the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region in central France.


An area of farming and forestry, comprising the village and several hamlets situated in the valley of the Taurion river, some 21 miles (34 km) south of Guéret, at the junction of the D8, D912, D940 and the D941.


The year 1103 saw the village become home to the Knights of St John, who built a castle here.
Prince Cem Sultan, pretender to the throne of the Ottoman Empire, was kept prisoner here in the fifteenth century.
In 1886, the commune was the third place in all of France to be supplied with power using hydroelectricity. Thanks to French engineer, Marcel Deprez, the waterfalls of the river were harnessed to light up the streets, mairie, shops and cafes.


Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1962 3,310 —    
1968 3,804 +14.9%
1975 3,637 −4.4%
1982 3,738 +2.8%
1990 3,385 −9.4%
1999 3,163 −6.6%
2008 2,917 −7.8%


Jarrauds waterfall
  • The church of St.Pierre, dating from the twelfth century.
  • The church of St.Jean, dating from the fifteenth century.
  • The remains of a 12th-century castle.
  • Four chapels.
  • A museum of electricity.
  • The archaeological museum in the Zizim(Cem) tower.


International relations[edit]

Bourganeuf is twinned with: Germany Zirndorf, Germany

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