Saint-Amand-Montrond

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Saint-Amand-Montrond
Subprefecture and commune
The church of Saint-Amand, in Saint-Amand-Montrond
The church of Saint-Amand, in Saint-Amand-Montrond
Coat of arms of Saint-Amand-Montrond
Coat of arms
Saint-Amand-Montrond is located in France
Saint-Amand-Montrond
Saint-Amand-Montrond
Location within Centre-Val de Loire region
Saint-Amand-Montrond is located in Centre-Val de Loire
Saint-Amand-Montrond
Saint-Amand-Montrond
Coordinates: 46°42′N 2°31′E / 46.70°N 2.51°E / 46.70; 2.51Coordinates: 46°42′N 2°31′E / 46.70°N 2.51°E / 46.70; 2.51
Country France
Region Centre-Val de Loire
Department Cher
Arrondissement Saint-Amand-Montrond
Canton Saint-Amand-Montrond
Intercommunality CC Cœur de France
Government
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Thierry Vinçon
Area1 20.17 km2 (7.79 sq mi)
Population (2008)2 11,376
 • Density 560/km2 (1,500/sq mi)
Time zone UTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST) UTC+2 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code 18197 /18200
Elevation 148–312 m (486–1,024 ft)
(avg. 162 m or 531 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.

Saint-Amand-Montrond (French: [sɛ̃.t‿a.mɑ̃.mɔ̃.tʁɔ̃]) is a commune in the Cher department in the Centre-Val de Loire region of France and le Berry.

Saint-Amand-Montrond literally translates to Saint Amand round hill, despite not being on a round hill.

Geography[edit]

A small town of farming and a little light industry situated some 26 miles (42 km) southeast of Bourges, at the junction of the D951 with the D300 and D2144 roads. The town was built in the basin of the eastern banks of the Cher River which separates it from the commune of Orval, to which it is connected by two bridges.

A small river, the Marmande, joins the Cher here, and the canal de Berry crosses the commune from southeast to southwest. Some flooding is common because of the nearby marshes. The town is the capital of the small region of Boischaut, known for its woodland and cattle pastures.

Population[edit]

Historical population
YearPop.±%
196210,890—    
196811,495+5.6%
197512,278+6.8%
198212,451+1.4%
199011,937−4.1%
199911,447−4.1%
200811,376−0.6%
Town hall

History[edit]

The settlement of Saint-Amand goes back to prehistoric times. Evidence of Roman occupation has also been discovered here. An abbey was founded here around the year 620 by a monk called Theodulph. The commune was created after the French Revolution by the amalgamation of three separate small towns that had grown up during the Middle Ages: Saint Amand le Chastel, Montrond and Saint Amand sous Montrond.[citation needed]

Sights[edit]

  • The church of Saint Amandus, dating from the eleventh century.
  • Several houses dating from the fifteenth century.
  • The church of a Carmelite convent dating from the fifteenth century.
  • A chapel from the convent, nowadays the town hall (hôtel de ville).
  • Château de Montrond, a thirteenth-century castle, a historic site.
  • The chateau of La Férolle.
  • Vestiges of the twelfth-century castle of Saint-Amand-le-Chatel.
  • The museum of Saint-Vic.

Notable People[edit]

Economy[edit]

The town is noted for its goldsmiths and jewellers. It has 9 companies specialising in gold work as well as a professional school dedicated to jewellery.[citation needed]

Two large printing companies, Bussière and Clerc, produce large volumes of books and magazines.[citation needed]

Sport[edit]

The Tour de France has finished in the town three times. In 2001 , it was the finishing line of a 61 km individual time trial from Montluçon . The stage was won by American Lance Armstrong of Discovery Channel Cycling Team. It featured again in the 2008 edition, again as a finish for an individual time trial. German Stefan Schumacher won the 53km long stage from Cerilly. In 2013 stage 13 finished here from Tours .

Twin towns[edit]

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