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Issoudun coat of arms
Issoudun (France)
region Center-Val de Loire
Department Indre
Arrondissement Issoudun
Canton Issoudun (main town)
Community association Pays d'Issoudun
Coordinates 46 ° 57 ′  N , 2 ° 0 ′  E Coordinates: 46 ° 57 ′  N , 2 ° 0 ′  E
height 122-161 m
surface 36.60 km 2
Residents 11,905 (January 1, 2017)
Population density 325 inhabitants / km 2
Post Code 36100
INSEE code

Tour Blanche (keep)

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Issoudun is a French municipality with 11,905 inhabitants (at January 1, 2017) in the department of Indre in the Region Center-Val de Loire . The city is crossed by the Théols River.


The Gallic settlement of Uxeldunum was strategically located halfway between Bourges and Châteauroux . It was destroyed during the Caesar's conquest and later rebuilt. The location was also controversial in the feud between Richard the Lionheart and Philipp August , but it was able to withstand these and other threats. At the end of the 14th century Issoudun became a center of Marian devotion and is still a place of pilgrimage today . After the French Revolution , the place lost its importance. Châteauroux was selected as the new capital for the Indre department.

On December 8, 1854, Père Jules Chevalier founded the religious order of Sacred Heart Missionaries ( Missionnaires du Sacré-Cœur d'Issoudun ; Latin: missionarii sacratissimi cordis ; short: MSC or MSC) in Issoudun, Diocese of Bourges .

On September 16, 1944, the German General Botho Henning Elster surrendered with 18,850 soldiers and 754 officers in the Issoudun area and thus saved them from being “burned” in hopeless resistance against the far superior Allied troops.

Since 1950 the region around Issoudun has been populated by many shortwave radio stations broadcasting French radio abroad. The large transmission system of the operator TDF is used by Radio France Internationale , Radio Taiwan International , Radio Japan and several other international and smaller radio stations.

Population development

year 1962 1968 1975 1982 1990 1999 2011 2017
Residents 13,900 15,108 15,956 14,696 13,859 13,685 12,930 11,905
Sources: Cassini and INSEE


  • Tour Blanche ( 12th century donjon )
  • Museum des Saint-Roch Hospice: It is located in a monastery founded in the 12th century and rebuilt in the 15th century. The building includes a chapel and a hospital ward from the 15th century and two side wings from the 17th and 18th centuries.



Issoudun is the setting for the plot of the novel La Rabouilleuse by Honoré de Balzac .

In 2009 the municipality was the first stage of the Tour de France .

Individual evidence

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Web links

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