Argenton Sur Creuse a Typical French Town
A Typical French Town
Argenton-sur-Creuse is a typical French town in the Indre department in the Center-Val de Loire region of France. It lies on the Creuse River, 180 miles south from Paris. Let me show you here through images the most emblematic sites of Argenton Sur Creuse, you will love it.
Argenton Sur Creuse
Argenton Sur Creuse
In the Centre of France, there is a small town with around 5000 people called Argenton Sur Creuse. I arrived in Argenton Sur Creuse at the start of 2005, almost by accident, and somehow I ended up settling here.
Argenton Sur Creuse conquered my heart first with its delicious patisseries, its mild microclimate, the friendliness of its people, the proximity of cheese farms and the facility of having a train station almost at my doorstep taking me to the city of Paris in around 2 hours. That plus the fact that Limoges airport and its daily flights to the UK is only 1 hour away.
Ever since then, I have been discovering little by little the history of the town, its hidden “beaches” by the river, calm walks in the woods and cycling paths that take me into the heart of France and never stop to amaze me with their beauty.
My little ones believe that they are French… the youngest one arrived here with only 11 months while my little Princess was already 3 years old. They love it here. We have travelled a lot and never mind how much fun they have elsewhere, like me, they always want to come back here. Argenton might not have an exciting nightlife or and exuberance of cultural and entertaining activities like many big towns and cities, but it has become OUR town. The place that we love and now we call home. Please take a few minutes to let me show you my town in pictures.
Argenton Sur Creuse History
Argenton Sur Creuse has a long history; it succeeded the gallo-roman town of Argentomagus.
During the middle ages, a huge fortress with ten towers was built at the top of the hill over 2 hectares of rocky land overlooking the Creuse valley. It is a shame that nowadays due to several sieges and political intrigues only very little is left from the fortress. You’ll need to pay close attention to be able to see two of its towers left standing.
I always stand in disbelieve when I read that it was under the reign of Louis XIII in 1632 that Richeliu ordered to dismantle what was left of the fortress!
Argenton During the Middle Ages. A Short Walk From The Town Centre Will Take You To The Site Of What Is Left Of Argenton's Medieval Fortress
La Bonne Dame
Wherever you are in Argenton you can see the Bonne Dame overlooking the town. This golden copper image of the Virgin and Child is said to protect the town.
Under Richelieu's orders the castle of the medieval fortress in Argenton was dismantled in 1631 but thankfully, the chapel was saved. The year after, an epidemy spread thorugh the area and just skipped the town of Argenton. The town dwellers, firm believers, thought that God saved them from the epidemy and from 1633 the statue of the "Virgin and Child" was taken into procession through the town.
At the time of the Revolution, the statue was taken down and trown to the Creuse river where it was later recuperated and restituted to the chapel after the Revolution.
La Bonne Dame Overlooking Argenton Sur Creuse
La Bonne Dame Chapel In Argenton-sur-Creuse
There are documents claiming that the Bonne Dame chapel was built in 1458 as part of the fortress.
In 1631 when the fortress was destroyed for fear of becoming a resistance fortress against the king, the chapel was left intact.
In 1943 at the initiative of Pere Letourneux the pilgrimage by the sick and handicapped who wanted to be under the virgin's protection started.
Chapel Of Notre Dame In Argenton-sur-Creuse
Esplanade de la Bonne Dame
From here you can admire the whole town, its landscape and houses. Admire the green hills on a sunny day and you will understand why Argenton Sur Creuse has been of inspiration to so many famous French writers.
Argenton Sur Creuse Seen From The Bonne Dame
The Creuse River
Sometimes slow and gentle, sometimes wild and overflowing through the locks. The town has been severely flooded several times.
The "Argentonaises" know that the river Creuse has always been a source of richness to the region. During the 19th century, the town’s main economic activities centred around the river: tanneries, mills, butcheries, etc. Nowadays, the Creuse is one of Argenton’s main tourist attractions.
The River Creuse
Some Years Flooding Has Been Severe. Here You Can See The Water Level Marked During The Big Flood
Bridges of Argenton
The Old Bridge dates back to the 15th century when the low part of the town was extended to the right bank of the river Creuse.
Bridges Over The Creuse River
The Mills On The Creuse River: From As Early As The 13th Century The Creuse River Has Served To Power Mills
The Duperthuis Mansion A lovely 15th And 16th Century Mansion Remarkable For Its Circular Tower On The Façade
Where is Argenton Sur Creuse
To give you a rough idea of where Argenton is I can say that we are about 100 km North of Limoges, the nearest International airport with daily flights to London Stansted. Orly Airport in Paris, is about 2 hours and a half from Argenton.
If you are coming to Argenton by road or train, we are at roughly 300 km south of Paris. There are several daily trains connecting Argenton with main French cities such as Paris and Toulouse. If you take a direct train from Paris to Argenton, you can be here in only 2 hours 15min for less than 50 euros.
Argenton Sur Creuse
The Train Station
Where to eat in Argenton Sur Creuse?
- Restaurants in Argenton Sur Creuse
Argenton's lively streets lead you to a dynamic town centre where you can find a wide variety of restaurants in a very small area. French,Marrocan, Chinese and Italian restaurants, take-aways...
Argenton's Sur Creuse Comercial Centre
Museums in Argenton Sur Creuse
- A Museum for Male Fashion in Argenton Sur Creuse
A Museum for Male Fashion in Argenton Sur Creuse in the Indre department. The shirt museum rends homage at an industry that lead the lives of the locals during the 1900s.
Museum for Male Fashion
Saint-Étienne Church in Argenton Sur Creuse
For more original photos of Argenton Sur Creuse you can visit My unedited life in France
- My unedited life in France: Argenton Sur Creuse In Pictures
Here you will find more original photos of Argenton Sur Creuse. Enjoy!
Argenton 2012 Fireworks
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