Lavardin, Loir-et-Cher


The 14th-century bridge and 15th-18th-century château

Coat of arms

Coordinates: 47°44′33″N 0°53′13″E / 47.7425°N 0.8869°E / 47.7425; 0.8869Coordinates: 47°44′33″N 0°53′13″E / 47.7425°N 0.8869°E / 47.7425; 0.8869
Country France
Region Centre-Val de Loire
Department Loir-et-Cher
Arrondissement Vendôme
Canton Montoire-sur-le-Loir
Area1 6.71 km2 (2.59 sq mi)
Population (1999)2 262
  Density 39/km2 (100/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
  Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
INSEE/Postal code 41113 / 41800
Elevation 63–146 m (207–479 ft)
(avg. 71 m or 233 ft)

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.

Lavardin is a commune in the Loir-et-Cher department of central France.

It is located on the banks of the Loir River.

Its inhabitants are called Lavardinoises and Lavardinois.

The village is a member of the association of Les Plus Beaux Villages de France ("The most beautiful villages of France").

Sites and monuments

Lavardin is classified as one of the most beautiful villages of France thanks to the ruins of its mediaeval castle (see main article: Château de Lavardin), its Gothic church and frescoes, its houses and the ancient bridge. The village has been frequented by renowned painters since about 1900, most notably Busson and Sauvage.


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