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Argenton Sur Creuse a Typical French Town

Wendy moved to France in 2005 where she fell in love with everything French

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  The Venice of Berry

Argenton Sur Creuse The Venice of Berry

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

The Official Site of the Medieval Fortress in Argenton Sur Creuse

The Official Site of the Medieval Fortress in Argenton Sur Creuse

The way the fortress used to look during medieval times.

The way the fortress used to look during medieval times.

What is left of one of the towers of the Argenton's medieval fortress

What is left of one of the towers of the 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

Chapelle de la Bonne-Dame, Argenton-sur-Creuse (Indre)

Chapelle de la Bonne-Dame, Argenton-sur-Creuse (Indre)

La Bonne Dame Overlooking Argenton Sur Creuse

La Bonne Dame Overlooking Argenton Sur Creuse

Climbing up to the Bonne Dame chapel.  You need to be in good shape to clinb up the steps to the Chapel

Climbing up to the Bonne Dame chapel. You need to be in good shape to clinb up the steps to the Chapel

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

Chapel of the Bonne Dame.  November 2011

Chapel of the Bonne Dame. November 2011

The Chapel of Notre Dame des Bancs in Argenton-sur-Creuse

The Chapel of Notre Dame des Bancs in Argenton-sur-Creuse

Interior of the Chapel of the Bonne Dame

Interior of the Chapel of the Bonne Dame

Interior of the Chapel of the Bonne Dame

Interior of the Chapel of the Bonne Dame

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

Argenton Sur Creuse seen from the Bonne Dame Esplanade

Argenton Sur Creuse seen from the Bonne Dame Esplanade

Argenton sur Creuse seen from the Bonne Dame Chapel

Argenton sur Creuse seen from the Bonne Dame Chapel

Argenton sur Creuse seen from the Bonne Dame Chapel

Argenton sur Creuse seen from the Bonne Dame Chapel

Argenton sur Creuse seen from the Bonne Dame Chapel

Argenton sur Creuse seen from the Bonne Dame Chapel

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

River Creuse November 2011

River Creuse November 2011

River Creuse November 2011

River Creuse November 2011

River Creuse November 2011

River Creuse November 2011

River Creuse, November 2011

River Creuse, November 2011

River Creuse with the New Bridge in Argenton Sur Creuse

River Creuse with the New Bridge in Argenton Sur Creuse

Some Years Flooding Has Been Severe. Here You Can See The Water Level Marked During The Big Flood

Showing the level of the water during the big flood in 1845

Showing the level of the water during the big flood in 1845

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 New Bridge

The New Bridge

The Old Bridge, Argenton Sur Creuse

The Old Bridge, Argenton Sur Creuse

Old Bridge in Argenton Sur Creuse.  This is one of our preferred places to feed the ducks

Old Bridge in Argenton Sur Creuse. This is one of our preferred places to feed the ducks

The Mills On The Creuse River: From As Early As The 13th Century The Creuse River Has Served To Power Mills

The Mills on the Creuse River:  From as early as the 13th century the Creuse River has served to power mills.:  From as early as the 13th century the Creuse River has served to power mills.

The Mills on the Creuse River: From as early as the 13th century the Creuse River has served to power mills.: From as early as the 13th century the Creuse River has served to power mills.

 Mill on the Creuse River

Mill on the Creuse River

 Mill on the Creuse River

Mill on the Creuse River

The Duperthuis Mansion A lovely 15th And 16th Century Mansion Remarkable For Its Circular Tower On The Façade

The Duperthuis Mansion

The Duperthuis Mansion

The Duperthuis Mansion

The Duperthuis Mansion

 A lovely 15th And 16th Century Mansion Remarkable For Its Circular Tower

A lovely 15th And 16th Century Mansion Remarkable For Its Circular Tower

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

Train Station In Argenton sur Creuse.  From here you can go to spend a day in Paris for 90 euros return.  The train leaves at 8:30am and the train back leaves Paris at 7pm

Train Station In Argenton sur Creuse. From here you can go to spend a day in Paris for 90 euros return. The train leaves at 8:30am and the train back leaves Paris at 7pm

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

One of the many chemists in the town.  There is total of 4 chemists in the town centre.

One of the many chemists in the town. There is total of 4 chemists in the town centre.

Fish shop next to Wine shop

Fish shop next to Wine shop

Argenton's Sur Creuse Comercial Centre

Argenton's Sur Creuse Comercial Centre

One of the 3 Flower shops in Argenton Sur Creuse

One of the 3 Flower shops in Argenton Sur Creuse

Toy shop

Toy shop

Museums in Argenton Sur Creuse

Museum for Male Fashion

A Museum for Male Fashion

A Museum for Male Fashion

Saint-Étienne Church in Argenton Sur Creuse

The recently restored Saint-Étienne Church in Argenton Sur Creuse

The recently restored Saint-Étienne Church in Argenton Sur Creuse

For more original photos of Argenton Sur Creuse you can visit My unedited life in France

Argenton 2012 Fireworks

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2011 Wendy Iturrizaga

Comments

Danijela from Serbia on March 17, 2015:

This city is very nice-cette ville est tres belle!!! Congratulations for your good hub with amazing photos!

Dr.S.P.PADMA PRASAD from Tumkur on November 16, 2012:

Very beautiful hub ob a less known town. Congrats

lola on July 27, 2012:

i love u mummy you are a big ritter and you take verry good fotos you are the best

Wendy Iturrizaga (author) from France on July 19, 2012:

algarveview: I used to think of France as Paris only, once I moved here I finally had the time to "really" discover France. There are so many little places to see that you always have a new place to discover.

Joana e Bruno from Algarve, Portugal on July 18, 2012:

Hello, Princessa, your town seems absolutely amazing, almost unreal, like it's a place from a movie. It sure seems a great place to live, peaceful, beautiful and inspiring. I would love to visit one day. We always think about Paris, but the truth is there are many, many other special little places really worth seeing... Great photos! Voted up and interesting and sharing! Have a great day!

Web Cottages from Chester, UK on November 26, 2011:

Wow, I want to visit now! There's so much great information here, you've done a really great job--- Amanda

Oyewole Folarin from Lagos on November 23, 2011:

Beautiful! You have done a very wonderful job collecting these awesome photos. What an interesting hub.

Wendy Iturrizaga (author) from France on November 23, 2011:

Wow, what a surprise to find this hub as a "Hub of the day" Thank you for all your comments and support.

Sranunta Lamduan from Bangkok, Thailand on November 22, 2011:

i don't like french but as the stunning photos posted on your hub inviting me to visit this place. It's very beautiful and unique town. Interesting and Vote up!!

bharmoriat from CHANDIGARH INDIA on November 21, 2011:

great job and very beautiful pictures, amazing town.

Rose Clearfield from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on November 21, 2011:

Great topic for a hub! Your photos are beautiful. I love the personal touch that you add to this topic, too. Congrats on getting Hub of the Day!

Melanie from Midwest, USA on November 21, 2011:

Very beautiful hub! You really bring French cities, towns, and villages to life with your photography. Argenton Sur Creuse looks absolutely amazing, I might have to make my way out there someday.

RTalloni on November 21, 2011:

Yes to all the lovely comments already given--such charming photos in a well done hub. Congratulations on an awesome Hub of the Day. Thanks for sharing "your" town! Voted up!

Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on November 21, 2011:

I felt as if I was traveling without leaving my house. Super photos, thanks for a great visual experience!

Leah Lefler from Western New York on November 21, 2011:

What a gorgeous place to visit - I absolutely love the pictures and the narrative! The still river is amazing - so reflective, it looks like a mirror. What a great hub!

Brian Dooling from Connecticut on November 21, 2011:

awesome photos! beautiful architecture!

rebekahELLE from Tampa Bay on November 21, 2011:

So picturesque! I love the beautiful, old French villages.

They truly are like another world, another time. Your photos are stunning, makes me want to pack my bags!

France Travel Inf on November 21, 2011:

What a beautiful town- I can see why you stayed! I was so close to there this summer so I will have to make a point to visit next summer. I also want to visit the book fair in Montmorillon someday!

Rose from Cape Town, South Africa on November 21, 2011:

Wonderful hub, gorgeous pictures, lucky you to live in such a place.

Tia Maria on November 21, 2011:

How picturesque, I'd love to visit someday, great pictures!

LadyLyell from George, South Africa on November 21, 2011:

How lucky you are to live in such a quaint town with so much history. I loved the photos which tell the story of it's beauty and history. How I would love to tour in France and maybe I will be one day as my friend in Switzerland has just bought a little cottage in the country side. Should I be invited to visit her there I will no doubt tour around and may see your town too.

Thanks for your effort to share the history!

f on November 21, 2011:

Voted up. Good hub. I think there is 'Argenton' and 'Argentan', one in the South and one in Normandy. I think this one is in the South, right? 'Creuse' must be the river which gives the name to the French department in which it is situated. There is so much to see in France, anyway.

hhunterr from Highway 24 on November 21, 2011:

I really needed this today. Thank you so much.

Cindy Murdoch from Texas on November 21, 2011:

What awesome pictures! Wow! I especially liked the ones where the reflections showed in the water. And I liked the one that showed the remains of a tower.

This is such beautiful countryside to live in. You are blessed.

Congratulations on being hub of the day.

Sandi from Greenfield, Wisconsin on November 21, 2011:

This hub is wonderful! Love how you put it all together. The picyures are beautiful. I can understand why you love it there. Voted up, awesome and beautiful!

Carrie Smith from Dallas, Texas on November 21, 2011:

Congratulations on being the Hub of the Day! Your photos are breathtaking, and the history you share is amazing. Thanks so much. I hope to visit France one day, and I will be sure to check this place out.

David Taylor from UK on November 21, 2011:

So jealous. I lived in France for a year, quite some time ago now, and still miss it. Your pictures reminded me why.

vasantha Tk on November 21, 2011:

Stunning, beautiful France, no words to express Just fantastic pictures voted up best wishes

Gail Sobotkin from South Carolina on November 21, 2011:

Your love of this town comes shining through in this wonderful pictorial and brief history of Argenton Sur Cruese. Congratulations on Hub of the Day. Voted up across the board except for funny.

Lou1842 on November 21, 2011:

France is so beautiful. It has the most beautiful towns, probably the most beautiful I've ever visited. I lived in a town called Laval in the Loire Valley for 8 months and that was stunning too. But I've never been back to France since then and that was about 13 years ago. Your hub has made me think I must go back sometime soon. I loved the pictures in your hub.

iAnimesh on November 21, 2011:

Great pictures... if the pictures are so beautiful, I can't imagine how beautiful the town is in reality... You can read my squidoo lens on stock photography here...

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Don A. Hoglund from Wisconsin Rapids on November 21, 2011:

I can understand why you love it so, I would too.Beautiful pictures.vote up and across.

Moira Durano-Abesmo from Sagay, Camiguin, Philippines on November 21, 2011:

What a lovely town you've painted with your pictures!

natalijad on November 21, 2011:

I did not mean French but France,silly me:):):).I should first drink a coffee in the morning to wake myself up:)

natalijad on November 21, 2011:

The hub shows how beautiful the French is and that Paris is not all she can give:).

People usually melt at the mention of Paris, but this is evidence that the whole French is romantic, every place is beautiful in its own way.

michifus on November 21, 2011:

What excellent photos - the first one is absolutely stunning!

Simone Haruko Smith from San Francisco on November 11, 2011:

What a charming town! You had me at patisseries and nearby cheese farms... these beautiful pictures only make me want to go there MORE!!! Well, at least you've offered this lovely photographic tour to those who can't immediately hop on a plane. Thank you!

Stephanie Marshall from Bend, Oregon on November 09, 2011:

Simply stunning photographs! I love France, and its been quite a while since I've been to the country. I love the charm and history you've describe in Argenton Sur Creuse. Best, Steph

Jasmine on November 07, 2011:

Great photo gallery! There are many beautiful places in France, and Argenton is definitely one of them :) It would be nice to visit the place some day. Sorry to hear about the floods.

Wendy Iturrizaga (author) from France on November 07, 2011:

Pamela: I am sure you would love to visit Argenton, like most small towns in France it is very picturesqe.

SweetiePie: It is amazing the number of times the town has been flooded. About 3 years ago we had the water levels coming all the way to our door -and we are 3 blocks away from the river!

SweetiePie from Southern California, USA on November 07, 2011:

Another great hub with pictures of the French countryside. I like the one showing the water level during the flood of 1845.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on November 03, 2011:

I love the pictures of the unique buildings and the town. I would love to visit. I enjoyed your hub.