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The Cher River at Montrichard
The Cher River at Montrichard
Coat of arms of Montrichard
Coat of arms
Location of Montrichard
Montrichard is located in France
Montrichard is located in Centre-Val de Loire
Coordinates: 47°20′37″N 1°11′03″E / 47.3436°N 1.1842°E / 47.3436; 1.1842Coordinates: 47°20′37″N 1°11′03″E / 47.3436°N 1.1842°E / 47.3436; 1.1842
RegionCentre-Val de Loire
IntercommunalityCher à la Loire
 • Mayor (2017–2020) Pierre Langlais
14.36 km2 (5.54 sq mi)
 • Density230/km2 (600/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code
41151 /41400
Elevation59–134 m (194–440 ft)
(avg. 68 m or 223 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.

Montrichard (French pronunciation: ​[mɔ̃tʁiʃaʁ]), is a town and former commune in the Loir-et-Cher département, in France. On 1 January 2016, it was merged into the new commune of Montrichard-Val-de-Cher.[1]


The town lies on the north bank of the river Cher. 32 kilometres (20 mi) south of Blois, 73 kilometres (45 mi) west of Vierzon and 42 kilometres (26 mi) east of Tours. The countryside is mainly constituted of vineyard, woods, cattle and cereals.

Sites and monuments[edit]

  • Château de Montrichard, a mediaeval castle.
  • Nanteuil Church (12th, 13th, 15th centuries), whose statue of the Virgin Mary is the object of a very ancient pilgrimage on Whit Monday.
  • Church of the Holy Cross (Église Ste-Croix) has a fine Romanesque doorway and was the site of Joan of France's marriage to the future king.
  • Château de Pont-Cher, a 15th-century home built into the cliff, containing the René Galloux collection of prehistoric and Gallo-Roman artefacts from excavations in the Cher valley.[2]

Notable people[edit]

Popular culture[edit]

The town is mentioned in the 2002 feature film Catch Me If You Can, as the town from which the mother of Frank Abagnale came. Later in the film, Abagnale has set up a high-end printing facility for printing corporate cheques in Montrichard when he is tracked down and arrested by the FBI.


  1. ^ Arrêté préfectoral 2 December 2015
  2. ^ Châteaux of the Loire p76 Michelin Tyre Co Ltd 1977 ISBN 2-06-013210-X
  3. ^ "Luce Ben Aben School of Arab Embroidery I, Algiers, Algeria". World Digital Library. 1899. Retrieved 26 September 2013.