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The tympan of the church
The tympan of the church
Coat of arms of Chârost
Coat of arms
Chârost is located in France
Coordinates: 46°59′37″N 2°07′01″E / 46.9936°N 2.1169°E / 46.9936; 2.1169Coordinates: 46°59′37″N 2°07′01″E / 46.9936°N 2.1169°E / 46.9936; 2.1169
Country France
Region Centre-Val de Loire
Department Cher
Arrondissement Bourges
Canton Chârost
Intercommunality Pays d’Issoudun
 • Mayor (2001–2008) Jean Balon
Area1 10.97 km2 (4.24 sq mi)
Population (2008)2 995
 • Density 91/km2 (230/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
INSEE/Postal code 18055 /18290
Elevation 119–162 m (390–531 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.

Chârost is a commune in the Cher department in the Centre-Val de Loire region of France.


A farming village situated by the banks of the river Arnon, some 15 miles (24 km) southwest of Bourges at the junction of the N151 with the D16, D88, D18 and D2 roads. The commune lies on the pilgrimage route known as St. James' Way.


Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1962 1,093 —    
1968 1,131 +3.5%
1975 1,166 +3.1%
1982 1,152 −1.2%
1990 1,134 −1.6%
1999 1,069 −5.7%
2008 995 −6.9%


  • The church of St. Michel, dating from the nineteenth century.
  • The fifteenth-century chateau.
  • Wayside stone crosses.
  • Traces of an eleventh-century castle donjon.
Cross on the pilgrim route

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