Guéret

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Guéret
Prefecture and commune
The park and the Sénatorerie Museum, in Guéret
The park and the Sénatorerie Museum, in Guéret
Coat of arms of Guéret
Coat of arms
Guéret is located in France
Guéret
Guéret
Location within Nouvelle-Aquitaine region
Guéret is located in Nouvelle-Aquitaine
Guéret
Guéret
Coordinates: 46°10′17″N 1°52′09″E / 46.1714°N 1.8692°E / 46.1714; 1.8692Coordinates: 46°10′17″N 1°52′09″E / 46.1714°N 1.8692°E / 46.1714; 1.8692
Country France
Region Nouvelle-Aquitaine
Department Creuse
Arrondissement Guéret
Canton Guéret-1 and 2
Intercommunality CA Grand Guéret
Government
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Michel Vergnier (PS)
Area1 26.21 km2 (10.12 sq mi)
Population (2008)2 14,063
 • Density 540/km2 (1,400/sq mi)
Time zone UTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST) UTC+2 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code 23096 /23000
Elevation 350–685 m (1,148–2,247 ft)
(avg. 436 m or 1,430 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.

Guéret (French: [ɡeʁɛ]; Occitan: Garait) is a commune and the prefecture of the Creuse department in the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region in central France.

Geography[edit]

A light industrial town, the largest in the department, with a big woodland and a little farming not far from the town centre. It is approximately 45 miles (72 km) northeast of Limoges at the junction of the D942, D940 and the N145 roads.

Map of the Creuse department

Population[edit]

Historical population
YearPop.±%
196211,384—    
196812,849+12.9%
197514,855+15.6%
198215,720+5.8%
199014,706−6.5%
199914,123−4.0%
200814,063−0.4%

Sights[edit]

  • The church of St. Pierre and St. Paul, dating from the thirteenth century.
  • The Hotel de Moneyroux (wrongly called "Castle of the Counts of Marche", as no count ever lived in Guéret). This building, of Gothic style, was constructed in the fifteenth century by Antoine Allard. It is now the headquarters of the General Council of the Creuse. It can be visited during public holidays.
  • The Presidial, dating from the seventeenth century. This building houses the town hall.
  • The Museum of the Sénatorerie. Partly built in eighteenth century, the building served as the residence of senators under Napoleon. Since 1832, the Society of Archaeological and Natural Sciences of the Creuse, one of the oldest learned societies of France has been housed here. It brings together natural history collections and works of art. In 1907, the Hotel de la Sénatorerie museum was surrounded by a park and trees.[1]
  • The war memorial.
  • The seventeenth-century chateau of Sainte Feyrer, built on the foundations of a castle from the Middle Ages, of which there are some remains. The building of the eighteenth century was constructed by the architect Brousseau. It has an elegant staircase and the oratory is classified as an historical monument.
  • A vast permanent labyrinth is located 3 miles (5 km) south of Guéret.
  • Courtille lake, a recreation area south of Guéret, is an artificial lake along a shaded path. With a circumference of about 3 km, it is used for sports and leisure (running, sailing, walking) or picnicking on the grass
  • Chabrières forest is large and stretches south of Guéret. It includes: A zoo, where one can see wolves in semi-liberty in large enclosures. Opened in 2001, it is a noted site in the field of protection of this species. There are some huge natural monoliths, such as "la Pierre Grole" linked to local myths and legends and some old granite quarries, once used mainly for cobblestones of the streets of Paris.

Climate[edit]

Guéret has an oceanic climate (Köppen Cfb) influenced by its elevation and proximity to the Bay of Biscay's maritime inflow of Gulf Stream air. As a result, the climate is mild for its latitude, wet and also relatively gloomy.

Climate data for Guéret (1987–2010 normals; extremes 1987–2017)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 18.3
(64.9)
22.6
(72.7)
25.3
(77.5)
29.4
(84.9)
31.7
(89.1)
36.4
(97.5)
38.5
(101.3)
40.0
(104)
33.5
(92.3)
28.6
(83.5)
25.7
(78.3)
19.9
(67.8)
40.0
(104)
Average high °C (°F) 6.7
(44.1)
8.0
(46.4)
11.6
(52.9)
13.8
(56.8)
18.3
(64.9)
21.3
(70.3)
23.6
(74.5)
24.1
(75.4)
19.8
(67.6)
15.7
(60.3)
9.4
(48.9)
6.5
(43.7)
14.9
(58.8)
Daily mean °C (°F) 4.1
(39.4)
4.9
(40.8)
7.7
(45.9)
9.7
(49.5)
14.0
(57.2)
16.9
(62.4)
19.0
(66.2)
19.4
(66.9)
15.6
(60.1)
12.3
(54.1)
6.8
(44.2)
4.1
(39.4)
11.2
(52.2)
Average low °C (°F) 1.5
(34.7)
1.7
(35.1)
3.8
(38.8)
5.5
(41.9)
9.5
(49.1)
12.4
(54.3)
14.2
(57.6)
14.7
(58.5)
11.3
(52.3)
8.8
(47.8)
4.1
(39.4)
1.7
(35.1)
7.4
(45.3)
Record low °C (°F) −12.1
(10.2)
−13.7
(7.3)
−11.8
(10.8)
−5.5
(22.1)
−2.0
(28.4)
2.5
(36.5)
3.5
(38.3)
3.5
(38.3)
−1.5
(29.3)
−4.7
(23.5)
−9.0
(15.8)
−11.7
(10.9)
−13.7
(7.3)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 92.2
(3.63)
89.2
(3.512)
83.7
(3.295)
94.0
(3.701)
99.9
(3.933)
79.8
(3.142)
82.3
(3.24)
75.0
(2.953)
88.0
(3.465)
93.7
(3.689)
98.6
(3.882)
93.7
(3.689)
1,070.7
(42.154)
Average precipitation days 13.4 12.3 10.8 12.9 12.7 10.1 9.6 8.7 10.1 12.4 13.6 12.5 139.1
Mean monthly sunshine hours 79.1 97.2 137.4 138.8 177.8 169.3 219.2 242.5 183.9 122.1 82.5 63.2 1,710.7
Source #1: Météo Climat [2]
Source #2: Météo Climat [3]

Personalities[edit]

The wolves of Chabrières

International relations[edit]

Guéret is twinned with: Germany Stein, Bavaria, Germany since 1991 and Puck, Poland

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ museum of Sénatorerie
  2. ^ "French climate normals 1981-2010". Météo Climat. Retrieved 19 September 2018. 
  3. ^ "Weather extremes for Guéret". Météo Climat. Retrieved 19 September 2018. 
  4. ^ Biographie de Ingres Archived 6 February 2009 at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ Biographie de Madeleine Chapelle

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