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Montrichard

Montrichard is a town and former commune in the Loir-et-Cher département, in France. On 1 January 2016, it was merged into the new commune of Montrichard-Val-de-Cher.GeographyThe town lies on the north bank of the river Cher. 32km south of Blois, 73km west of Vierzon and 42km east of Tours. The countryside is mainly constituted of vineyard, woods, cattle and cereals.Sites and monuments Château de Montrichard, a mediaeval castle. Nanteuil Church (12th, 13th, 15th centuries), whose statue of the Virgin Mary is the object of a very ancient pilgrimage on Whit Monday. Church of the Holy Cross (Église Ste-Croix) has a fine Romanesque doorway and was the site of Joan of France's marriage to the future king. Château de Pont-Cher, a 15th-century home built into the cliff, containing the René Galloux collection of prehistoric and Gallo-Roman artefacts from excavations in the Cher valley.Notable people Joan of France, Duchess of Berry, married the future king of France Louis XII in Montrichard, though the marriage was later annulled. André Alerme, a French actor who appeared in more than 70 films, died here in 1960. Paulette Abagnale, mother of Frank Abagnale, con artist Eugénie Luce, French educator who lived and worked in Algiers, died in Montrichard in 1882.
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