Lavardin, Loir-et-Cher

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Lavardin
Commune
The 14th-century bridge and 15th-18th-century château
The 14th-century bridge and 15th-18th-century château
Coat of arms of Lavardin
Coat of arms
Lavardin is located in France
Lavardin
Lavardin
Location within Centre-Val de Loire region
Lavardin is located in Centre-Val de Loire
Lavardin
Lavardin
Coordinates: 47°44′33″N 0°53′13″E / 47.7425°N 0.8869°E / 47.7425; 0.8869Coordinates: 47°44′33″N 0°53′13″E / 47.7425°N 0.8869°E / 47.7425; 0.8869
Country France
Region Centre-Val de Loire
Department Loir-et-Cher
Arrondissement Vendôme
Canton Montoire-sur-le-Loir
Government
 • Mayor (2014–2020) Thiérry Fleury
Area1 6.71 km2 (2.59 sq mi)
Population (2013)2 195
 • Density 29/km2 (75/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
INSEE/Postal code 41113 /41800
Elevation 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.

Lavardin is a commune in the Loir-et-Cher department of central France.

It is located on the banks of the Loir River.

Population[edit]

Historical population
YearPop.±%
1793477—    
1806440−7.8%
1821473+7.5%
1831538+13.7%
1841534−0.7%
1851497−6.9%
1861433−12.9%
1872410−5.3%
1881443+8.0%
1891455+2.7%
1901394−13.4%
1911352−10.7%
1921359+2.0%
1931342−4.7%
1946322−5.8%
1954273−15.2%
1962293+7.3%
1968268−8.5%
1975222−17.2%
1982256+15.3%
1990245−4.3%
1999262+6.9%
2008217−17.2%
2013195−10.1%


Sights[edit]

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.

Early history[edit]

Salomon I of Lavardin became lord of Lavardin around 1030, and his descendants ruled there for the next three centuries.[1]: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.[1]:133,147[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b 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. 
  2. ^ Schweitz, Daniel; Schweitz, Arlett (1981). "Le Château de Lavardin". Congrès archéologique de France. 139: 218. 

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