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For the mountain, see Culan (mountain).
The Château de Culan
The Château de Culan
Coat of arms of Culan
Coat of arms
Culan is located in France
Coordinates: 46°32′54″N 2°21′00″E / 46.5483°N 2.35°E / 46.5483; 2.35Coordinates: 46°32′54″N 2°21′00″E / 46.5483°N 2.35°E / 46.5483; 2.35
Country France
Region Centre-Val de Loire
Department Cher
Arrondissement Saint-Amand-Montrond
Canton Châteaumeillant
 • Mayor (2011–2014) Jean-Claude Gross
Area1 20.23 km2 (7.81 sq mi)
Population (2008)2 796
 • Density 39/km2 (100/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
INSEE/Postal code 18083 / 18270
Elevation 220–332 m (722–1,089 ft)
(avg. 270 m or 890 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.

Culan is a commune in the Cher département in the Centre region of France.

It is best known for its 12th-15th century medieval castle, the Château de Culan, one of the oldest castles still occupied in the world. The castle has beautiful medieval gardens and it is open to visitors every day from Easter until November.


The commune is a farming area comprising the village and a few hamlets situated by the banks of the Arnon river, in the south of the département some 35 miles (56 km) south of Bourges and at the junction of the D997 with the D943, D4 and D65 roads.


Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1962 1,261 —    
1968 1,310 +3.9%
1975 1,164 −11.1%
1982 1,055 −9.4%
1990 932 −11.7%
1999 822 −11.8%
2008 796 −3.2%


  • The church of St. Vincent, dating from the seventeenth century
  • The castle
  • A watermill
  • A nineteenth-century viaduct
The village of Culan

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