The church in Saint-Viâtre
|Region||Centre-Val de Loire|
|Intercommunality||Sologne des étangs|
|• Mayor (2008-2014)||Christian Léonard|
|Area1||89.79 km2 (34.67 sq mi)|
|• Density||13/km2 (33/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
|INSEE/Postal code||41231 /41210|
|Elevation||92–132 m (302–433 ft)
(avg. 108 m or 354 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.
The village was originally called Tremblevif, from the Latin for "aspen" and "village", but suggesting in the popular imagination a place prone to swamp fever and trembling limbs. In 1854, worried that outsiders might be put off, the villagers successfully petitioned to change the name to Saint-Viâtre  in honour of a hermit, traditionally known as Viâtre, who had lived in the forests of Sologne. His tomb is in the crypt of the village church.
- Graham Robb, The Discovery of France, Picador, London (2007), p.304, quoting Onésime Reclus. France, Algérie et colonies (1866), p.133
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