Guéret facts for kids
|Prefecture and commune|
|Area1||26.21 km2 (10.12 sq mi)|
|• Density||509.04/km2 (1,318.41/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+01:00)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+02:00)|
|INSEE/Postal code||23096 /23000|
|Elevation||350–685 m (1,148–2,247 ft)
(avg. 518 m or 1,699 ft)
|1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.|
In 1790, when the departments were created, Guéret was named as the capital of the Creuse department.
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 26.2 km2 (10.1 sq mi), and its average altitude is 518 m (1,699 ft); at the city hall, the altitude is 431 m (1,414 ft).
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.
The inhabitants of Guéret are known, in French, as Guérétois (women: Guérétoises).
The commune of Guéret has a population, in 2014, of 13,342; its population density is of 509 inhabitants/km2.
Evolution of the population in Guéret
Guéret forms, together with Saint-Fiel, the urban area of Guéret with a population of 14,157 inhabitants (2013) and an area of 42.9 km2 (16.6 sq mi). This urban area is the centre of the metropolitan area of Guéret, formed by 32 communes with a population of 31,499 inhabitants and an area of 626.4 km2 (241.9 sq mi).
- Guéret-1, with 9,332 inhabitants (2014).
- Guéret-2, with 9,724 inhabitants (2014).
Guéret is twinned with:
- Stein, Germany since 1991
Sites of interest
- 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.
- 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.
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