Saint-Viâtre

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Saint-Viâtre
The church in Saint-Viâtre
The church in Saint-Viâtre
Coat of arms of Saint-Viâtre
Coat of arms
Saint-Viâtre is located in France
Saint-Viâtre
Saint-Viâtre
Coordinates: 47°31′27″N 1°56′03″E / 47.5242°N 1.9342°E / 47.5242; 1.9342Coordinates: 47°31′27″N 1°56′03″E / 47.5242°N 1.9342°E / 47.5242; 1.9342
Country France
Region Centre-Val de Loire
Department Loir-et-Cher
Arrondissement Romorantin-Lanthenay
Canton Salbris
Intercommunality Sologne des étangs
Government
 • Mayor (2008-2014) Christian Léonard
Area1 89.79 km2 (34.67 sq mi)
Population (1999)2 1,157
 • 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.

Saint-Viâtre is a commune in the Loir-et-Cher département of central France.

History[edit]

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 [1] 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.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Graham Robb, The Discovery of France, Picador, London (2007), p.304, quoting Onésime Reclus. France, Algérie et colonies (1866), p.133