position at the confluence of rivers Yèvre and Cher, in
the province of Berry (Cher)places it in the heart of France. It is only
one and three quarter-hours’ train journey away from the capital
Paris and at the intersection of three motorways, the A10, A20 and
A71. It is an industrial town but has maintained its
architectural and cultural richness. Historic
buildings, such as the remnants of the medieval walls and the
ancient Parish Church of Notre Dame still testify to its history.
de Berry cuts through the town. After more than a century of use the
canal's maintenance was handed over to the towns and villages bordering it's 260 km. While many have
chosen to neglect it Vierzon has at least restored 2km stretch to
its former glory. This rehabilitation means that each summer,
river trips are offered aboard small electric electric and you can
walk the towpaths and fish the canal.
favourite spot on our own visit to Vierzon was the very peaceful
‘Square Lucien Beaufrère’ a garden on an resting between the Yèvre
River and the Canal de Berry. It is landscaped in an Art Deco style
designed by the architect Eugène-Henry Karcher. His design was
detailed down to the plants and flowers that should be used. The
centrepiece of the garden is monument to the First World War dead
and contains reliefs harking back to the town’s industrial past.
also has a wonderful art deco auditorium.
towns of the region Verzon grew up around a chateau that sadly has
been lost to time. Little remains of the original 12th century
building but you can walk through its former entrance ‘Porte Banier’,which
has had a clock tower added and see small remnants of the old town
defences which were demolished in the 1800’s in order to expand the
building is the former tractor factory of the town on
Esplanade la Française, it now houses a cinema
and bowling alley.It sits opposite the towns museum to its
Today Vierzon is a lively city of 30,000 inhabitants, with
its abundance of game from the forests in the Sologne and fish from the many rivers – not forgetting the numerous
wines from the surrounding vinyards (Quincy, Reuilly, etc). It
offers major sporting facilities, a new theatre and arts complex and
a busy street market where the visitor can sample the local wine and
food, including the famous goats cheeses of Berry.
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