Orval, Cher

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The church of Saint-Hilaire, in Orval
The church of Saint-Hilaire, in Orval
Coat of arms of Orval
Coat of arms
Orval is located in France
Coordinates: 46°43′36″N 2°28′57″E / 46.7267°N 2.4825°E / 46.7267; 2.4825Coordinates: 46°43′36″N 2°28′57″E / 46.7267°N 2.4825°E / 46.7267; 2.4825
Country France
Region Centre-Val de Loire
Department Cher
Arrondissement Saint-Amand-Montrond
Canton Saint-Amand-Montrond
Intercommunality Cœur de France
 • Mayor (2014) Clarisse DULUC
Area1 7.65 km2 (2.95 sq mi)
Population (2008)2 1,933
 • Density 250/km2 (650/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
INSEE/Postal code 18172 /18200
Elevation 147–199 m (482–653 ft)
(avg. 156 m or 512 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.

Orval is a commune in the Cher department in the Centre-Val de Loire region of France.


An area of lakes and streams, forestry, farming and some light industry comprising a village and a small hamlet situated some 25 miles (40 km) south of Bourges, at the junction of the D925 with the D921 and D300 roads. The river Cher forms the commune’s eastern border with the town of St. Armand. Junction 8 of the A71 autoroute is within the commune’s territory and the village is served by a TER train service.


Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1962 1,216 —    
1968 1,436 +18.1%
1975 1,995 +38.9%
1982 2,055 +3.0%
1990 2,024 −1.5%
1999 1,997 −1.3%
2008 1,933 −3.2%


  • The church of St. Hilaire, dating from the twelfth century.
  • A sixteenth-century manorhouse at La Tralliere.

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