Châteauroux, on the banks of the Indre river, is the préfecture (chief town) of the Indre département and the main town in the Lower Berry region. It boasts a wealth of places of interest including Saint-Martin gate, a vestige of ancient fortifications; pretty medieval streets (Rue de l'Indre, Rue de la Vieille Prison and Rue Grande); a 13th-century former convent, the Couvent des Cordeliers, today home to temporary contemporary art exhibitions; the elegant Château Raoul; and the Neo-Romanesque Notre-Dame church whose dome is topped by a gilt bronze statue of the Virgin.
Also not to be missed in the Musée-Hôtel Bertrand, an 18th-century mansion that once belonged to General Bertrand, Napoleon's comrade-in-arms and is today home to a collection of Napoleonic souvenirs and fine art.
The small town of Déols on the outskirts of Châteauroux is a must-visit place for architecture fans because of its splendid Romanesque bell tower, the remains of an ancient Benedictine abbey.
Every August, the town of Châteauroux hosts the Darc festival, a multicultural event featuring music shows and dance courses.
Located in the Centre region, the city is Châteauroux Prefecture of Indre. It is twinned with Gütersloh (Germany), Olsztyn (Poland) and Bittou (Burkina Faso).
Its history is intimately linked with that of Deols. Around 937, the lord of the nearby city built a fortress on the left bank of the Indre. It is the Chateau Raoul. A city of artisans and merchants will develop on its premises and will soon name Châteauroux by contraction.
With its strategic location at the edge of Aquitaine, Chateau Raoul and the Kings of France and England are going to dispute the possession until the 13th century. It was the Revolution that Châteauroux will become the chief of the department.
In the early 19th century, the city became industrialized (tobacco, textiles ...) and the railway arrived in 1847.
The plant installed in 1936 Aviation Deols then the implementation of a major U.S. base between 1951 and 1967 will invigorate the city and contribute to its development.
The historical heart of Châteauroux retains many testimonies of the medieval times: rue de l'Indre, rue Grande, Saint-Martial church, Porte Saint-Martin, convent des Cordeliers...
The 18th century is superbly represented by the Hotel Bertrand, a private mansion that belonged to General Henri-Gatien Bertrand, the faithful companion in arms of Napoleon, whom he followed to St. Helena. The Maison du Berry, a museum of popular arts and traditions, presents elements of traditional Berry art.
The churches Saint-André and Notre-Dame, the guitardes of the city center testify among others to the architecture of the nineteenth century.
Equinoxe, Scène Nationale is a brilliant contemporary achievement.
The Musee-Hotel Bertrand (works from the Gallo-Roman period, Napoleonic souvenirs, Flemish and Dutch paintings from the 15th to the 18th century...) as well as the Couvent des Cordeliers (former Franciscan convent of the 13th century, It now houses temporary exhibitions of contemporary art).
After obtaining the label 4 flowers, Châteauroux is part of the Association of Parks and Gardens. The town is crossed by the river Indre, itself bordered by green areas forming a green flow. The Public Garden is the flagship of the municipal gardens offering different atmospheres and creative landscapes. The Daniel Bernardet leisure park (Belle-Isle) with its lake is sporting (fishing, swimming, water sports on the lake, playgrounds, walks and relaxation in the green spaces).
- Half-time Classic concerts from October to April.
- Flea market of the Mariners' Quarter - 1st Sunday of each month from October to July.
- Festival of the Voice in May.
- DARC Stage-Festival in August.
- Nocturnal walks in September.
- Lisztomanias of Châteauroux in October.
Exhibition: Châteauroux Photos of Yesterday
- From 3 march to 31 may 2021
- 2 Place de la République
- From yesterday to today, the heritage of Châteauroux is a history book. Medieval city, industrial city or American base, Châteauroux has a thousand faces inviting to escape and contemplation. - It is to this diversity and this wealth both historical and patrimonial that the Facebook page "Châteauroux photos d'hier" pays tribute through this unique exhibition. Sixty old postcards and archival photos, selected with passion by Jean-Christophe Vernet, founder of the page, await you for a timeless journey through the history and urban heritage of Châteauroux.
Exhibition: History of the Commune of Paris 1871
- From 1 april to 31 may 2021
- 1 Rue Jeanne d'Arc
- As part of the events planned in Indre for the one hundred and fiftieth anniversary of the Commune of Paris 1871, the Archives départementales de l'indre are partnering with the Berry Committee of Friends and Friends of the Commune of Paris 1871 in order to offer you a unique exhibition and free access around the History of the Commune of Paris 1871. Commented visits can be organized on request with the head of the Indre Branch of the Committee Mr. Annequin on +33 6 72 56 25 08. Exhibition & visits subject to the evolution of the current health situation.
Conference: the Paris Commune 1871, a Government of the People by the People
- From 15 april to 15 may 2021
- 90 avenue François-Mitterrand
- As part of the events planned in Indre for the one hundred and fiftieth anniversary of the Commune of Paris 1871, the Centre d'études Supérieures de Châteauroux joins the Berry Committee of Friends and Friends of the Commune of Paris 1871 to offer you a lecture by Pierre Boisseau, Maître de Conférence. Beyond the old political controversies, the Paris Commune is today an object of study for many disciplines. The constitutional approach makes it possible to clarify the institutional and normative aspects. It highlights that the Commune has brought its stone to the democratic ideal by the establishment of a new form of government of the people by the people.