Saint-Amand-Montrond (French pronunciation: [sɛ̃.t‿amɑ̃ mɔ̃ʁɔ̃] (listen)) is a commune in the Cher department in the Centre-Val de Loire region of France and the historical province of Bourbonnais.

The church of Saint-Amand, in Saint-Amand-Montrond
The church of Saint-Amand, in Saint-Amand-Montrond
Coat of arms of Saint-Amand-Montrond
Location of Saint-Amand-Montrond
Saint-Amand-Montrond is located in France
Saint-Amand-Montrond is located in Centre-Val de Loire
Coordinates: 46°42′N 2°31′E / 46.70°N 2.51°E / 46.70; 2.51Coordinates: 46°42′N 2°31′E / 46.70°N 2.51°E / 46.70; 2.51
RegionCentre-Val de Loire
IntercommunalityCC Cœur de France
 • Mayor (2020–2026) Emmanuel Riotte[1]
20.17 km2 (7.79 sq mi)
 (Jan. 2019)[2]
 • Density470/km2 (1,200/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code
18197 /18200
Elevation148–312 m (486–1,024 ft)
(avg. 162 m or 531 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

Saint-Amand-Montrond literally translates to Saint Amand round hill, despite not being on a round hill.


A small town of farming and a little light industry situated some 26 miles (42 km) southeast of Bourges, at the junction of the D951 with the D300 and D2144 roads. The town was built in the basin of the eastern banks of the Cher which separates it from the commune of Orval, to which it is connected by two bridges.

A small river, the Marmande, joins the Cher here, and the canal de Berry crosses the commune from southeast to southwest. Some flooding is common because of the nearby marshes. The town is the capital of the small region of Boischaut, known for its woodland and cattle pastures.


Historical population
YearPop.±% p.a.
1968 11,495—    
1975 12,278+0.95%
1982 12,451+0.20%
1990 11,937−0.53%
1999 11,447−0.46%
2007 11,464+0.02%
2012 10,518−1.71%
2017 9,437−2.15%
Source: INSEE[3]
Town hall


The settlement of Saint-Amand goes back to prehistoric times. Evidence of Roman occupation has also been discovered here. An abbey was founded here around the year 620 by a monk called Theodulph. The commune was created after the French Revolution by the amalgamation of three separate small towns that had grown up during the Middle Ages: Saint Amand le Chastel, Montrond and Saint Amand sous Montrond.[citation needed]


  • The church of Saint Amandus, dating from the eleventh century.
  • Several houses dating from the fifteenth century.
  • The church of a Carmelite convent dating from the fifteenth century.
  • A chapel from the convent, nowadays the town hall (hôtel de ville).
  • Château de Montrond, a thirteenth-century castle, a historic site.
  • The chateau of La Férolle.
  • Vestiges of the twelfth-century castle of Saint-Amand-le-Chatel.
  • The museum of Saint-Vic.

Notable peopleEdit


The town is noted for its goldsmiths and jewellers. It has 9 companies specialising in gold work as well as a professional school dedicated to jewellery.[citation needed]

Two large printing companies, Bussière and Clerc, produce large volumes of books and magazines.[citation needed]


Cycling: The Tour de France has finished in the town three times. In 2001 , it was the finishing line of a 61 km individual time trial from Montluçon . The stage was won by American Lance Armstrong of Discovery Channel Cycling Team. It featured again in the 2008 edition, again as a finish for an individual time trial. German Stefan Schumacher won the 53 km long stage from Cérilly. In 2013 stage 13 finished here from Tours and was won by British sprinter Mark Cavendish.

Twin townsEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Répertoire national des élus: les maires" (in French)., Plateforme ouverte des données publiques françaises. 13 September 2022.
  2. ^ "Populations légales 2019". The National Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies. 29 December 2021.
  3. ^ Population en historique depuis 1968, INSEE

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