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Châtellerault coat of arms
Châtellerault (France)
region Nouvelle-Aquitaine
Department Vienne
Arrondissement Châtellerault ( sub-prefecture )
Canton Châtellerault-1 (main town)
Châtellerault-2 (main town)
Châtellerault-3 (main town)
Community association Grand Châtellerault
Coordinates 46 ° 49 ′  N , 0 ° 33 ′  E Coordinates: 46 ° 49 ′  N , 0 ° 33 ′  E
height 42-134 m
surface 51.93 km 2
Residents 31,840 (January 1, 2017)
Population density 613 inhabitants / km 2
Post Code 86100
INSEE code

Châtellerault - bridges over the Vienne

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Châtellerault [ ʃɑtɛlʀo ] is a western French town in the department of Vienne in the region Nouvelle-Aquitaine and is the seat of a sub-prefecture . It has 31,840 inhabitants (as of January 1, 2017), who are called Châtelleraudais in French .


The city is located in a rather flat stretch of land (around 40 meters above sea level) at the confluence of several small tributaries ( Clain , Envigne and Ozon ) into the Vienne .

coat of arms

Description : A red lion surrounded by a black board with gold balls in silver .


Founded around 952 by Count Airaud ( Aldraldus ), Châtellerault ( Castrum Adraldi - Airaud Castle ) was an important stop on the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela in the Middle Ages . From the High Middle Ages to the French Revolution , three well-known noble families carried the title of Viscount de Châtellerault : the La Rochefoucauld , the Lusignan and, since the 13th century, the House of Harcourt . 1482 was the vice-county of King Ludwig XI. incorporated into the crown domain .

In modern times, the city gained national importance through its cutlery (since the 16th century) and later the establishment of the state Manufacture Nationale d'Armes de Châtellerault , which produced weapons here from 1819 to 1968.


Today, Châtellerault is home to several companies in the electronics and aerospace industries.


The city, located between Tours and Poitiers , is well connected nationally and internationally by motorway 10 ( L'Aquitaine ) and the Paris-Bordeaux TGV route of the same name .

Sights and events

  • Musée Sully , a regional history museum
  • Cistercian Abbey of Notre Dame l'Etoile (12th century)
  • Gallo-Roman Theater Vieux Poitiers-Naintré (1st century)
  • Auto Moto Vélo Museum of Vehicles
  • The week-long Jazzellerault festival (end of May)
  • Futuroscope , an exhibition, leisure and commercial area with a focus on multimedia (around 25 km south, near Jaunay-Clan)
  • Chatellerault races regularly for Montgolfières organized

Town twinning

The partner cities and regions of Châtellerault are:


Maison Descartes (Monument historique)

Born in the city:

Connected to the city:

  • René Descartes (1596–1650), philosopher, spent part of his childhood here until 1604
  • Édith Cresson (* 1934), politician (PS), was a. a. Mayor of the city, first French Prime Minister, EU Commissioner
  • Christiane Martel (* 1932), actress, Miss Châtellerault 1952 and Miss Universe 1953.
  • Jean-Pierre Thiollet (* 1956), writer.


  • Le Patrimoine des Communes de la Vienne. Volume 1, Flohic Editions, Paris 2002, ISBN 2-84234-128-7 , pp. 87-109.

Web links

Commons : Châtellerault  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. City website - Villes jumelles , ( French ), accessed on November 6, 2017