The bell tower of the church in La Souterraine
|• Mayor (2008–2014)||Jean-François Muguay|
|Area1||37.07 km2 (14.31 sq mi)|
|• Density||150/km2 (380/sq mi)|
|INSEE/Postal code||23176 / 23300|
|Elevation||284–456 m (932–1,496 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.
An area of farming and light industry comprising the town and a few small hamlets situated some 20 miles (32 km) west of Guéret at the junction of the D1, D912, D951 and the N145 roads. The small river Sédelle, a tributary of the Creuse River, flows through the town. It is also served by a TER railway link.
There is evidence of pre-Roman occupation here, attested by the discovery of stone age tools and a menhir. Remains of Roman villas and temples have been unearthed. In medieval times, a church and fortified walls were built. The name of the town, translating as ‘subterranean’, comes from the underground parts of the church, the crypt.
- The church dating from the eleventh century, with its Roman crypt.
- The fifteenth-century Manorhouse de Châteaurenaud.
- The thirteenth-century gate, the Porte de St.Jean, and the rest of the ramparts.
- A feudal motte, circular tower and the castle at Bridiers.
- The eighteenth-century chapel of the hospital.
- The ancient chapel of Sainte-Eutrope.
- The fourteenth-century church at Bussière-Madeleine.
La Souterraine has the biggest animated circus in the world.
- Official website of La Souterraine (French)
- Another website – Le Sostranien (French)
- A website about the hamlet of Bridiers (French)
- The tourist website of the Pays Sostranien (French)
- La Souterraine on the Quid website (French)
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