The 14th-century bridge and 15th-18th-century château
|Region||Centre-Val de Loire|
|• Mayor (2014–2020)||Thiérry Fleury|
|Area1||6.71 km2 (2.59 sq mi)|
|• Density||29/km2 (75/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
|INSEE/Postal code||41113 /41800|
63–146 m (207–479 ft) |
(avg. 71 m or 233 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.
It is located on the banks of the Loir River.
Lavardin is classified as one of the most beautiful villages of France thanks to the ruins of its mediaeval castle (see main article: Château de Lavardin), its Gothic church and frescoes, its houses and the ancient bridge. The village has been frequented by renowned painters since about 1900, most notably Busson and Sauvage.
Salomon I of Lavardin became lord of Lavardin around 1030, and his descendants ruled there for the next three centuries.:133 The church of St. Genest in Lavardin was built in the mid-to-late eleventh century, but the existence of a prior Merovingian cemetery on the site attests to the village's existence for several centuries prior to Salomon's reign.:133,147
- Livingstone, Amy (2012). "Piecing together the fragments: Telling the lives of the ladies of Lavardin through image and text". In Goldy, Charlotte Newman; Livingstone, Amy. Writing medieval women's lives. Goldy, Charlotte Newman, 1949-, Livingstone, Amy, 1961-. New York: Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 9780230114555. OCLC 769987234.
- Schweitz, Daniel; Schweitz, Arlett (1981). "Le Château de Lavardin". Congrès archéologique de France. 139: 218.
- Official website (in English)
- Association des plus beaux villages de France: Lavardin (in English)
- Lavardin on the Institut géographique national site[permanent dead link] (in French)
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