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Guéret - Préfecture de la Creuse.jpg
The prefecture of the Creuse department
Coat of arms of Guéret
Guéret is located in France
Country France
Region Limousin
Department Creuse
Arrondissement Guéret
Intercommunality Le Grand-Guéret
Mayor Michel Vergnier
Elevation 350–685 m (1,148–2,247 ft)
(avg. 436 m/1,430 ft)
Land area1 26.21 km2 (10.12 sq mi)
Population2 13,143  (2013)
 - Density 501 /km2 (1,300 /sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 23096/ 23000
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.

Coordinates: 46°10′17″N 1°52′09″E / 46.171389°N 1.869167°E / 46.171389; 1.869167

Guéret Occitan: Garait) is a commune of France It is the prefecture of the Creuse department in the Aquitaine-Limousin-Poitou-Charentes region.

History[change | change source]

In 1514, Guéret became the capital of the County of Marche, a medieval French county, approximately corresponding to the modern Creuse department.

In 1790, when the departments were created, Guéret was named as the capital of the Creuse department.

Geography[change | change source]

Guéret is in a plateau between the Creuse and the Gartempe rivers, at the foot of two hills: the Puy de Gaudy, 651 m (2,136 ft) high, and the Maupuy, 689 m (2,260 ft) high. The commune has an area of 26.21 km2 (10.12 sq mi),[1] and its average altitude is 436 m (1,430 ft); at the city hall, the altitude is 431 m (1,414 ft).[2]

Guéret and its neighboring communes
Map of the commune of Guéret

The communes that are around Guéret are Saint-Fiel, Sainte-Feyre, Savennes, Saint-Christophe, La Chapelle-Taillefert, Saint-Léger-le-Guérétois and Saint-Sulpice-le-Guérétois.

Guéret has an oceanic climate with relatively hot summers, mild winters and abundant rainfall, Cfb in the Köppen climate classification.[3]

Population[change | change source]

The commune of Guéret has a population, in 2013, of 13,143;[4] its population density is of 501 inhabitants/km2.

The inhabitants of Guéret are known, in French, as Guérétois (women: Guérétoises).[5]

Sites of interest[change | change source]

  • The Hotel de Moneyroux. This building, of Gothic style, was built in the fifteenth century. It is now the headquarters of the General Council of the Creuse.
  • The Presidial, dating from the seventeenth century, now is the town hall.
  • The Museum of the Sénatorerie. The building served as house for senators under Napoleon. Since 1832, the Society of Archaeological and Natural Sciences of the Creuse has been housed here.[6]
  • Courtille lake, a recreation area south of Guéret, is an artificial lake along a shaded path.
  • Chabrières forest is a large forest to the south of Guéret. It has a zoo, where one can see wolves in semi-liberty in large espaces with walls. Here there are some big dolmens.

Gallery[change | change source]

Sister city[change | change source]

Guéret is twinned with:

  • Germany Stein, Germany since 1991

Related pages[change | change source]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Commune de Guéret (23096) - Résumé statistique" (in French). Publications et statistiques pour la France ou les régions. Institut national de la statistique et des études économiques - INSEE. Retrieved 7 September 2016.
  2. "Guéret".éret-23000//. Retrieved 7 September 2016.
  3. "Ville de Guéret" (in French). Retrieved 7 September 2016.
  4. "Populations légales 2013 de la commune - 23096-Guéret" (in French). Institut national de la statistique et des études économiques - INSEE. Retrieved 7 September 2016.
  5. "Guéret" (in French). Retrieved 7 September 2016.
  6. museum of Sénatorerie

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