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Boussac

Boussac

Between history and modernity, Boussac nestles around an impressive castle. It overlooks the Petite Creuse valley, as does the facade of the magnificent building, which photographers enjoy from the valley.

Boussac, city of history (ies) and modernity

The city of Boussac, once described as “the march of la Marche”, between Berry and Limousin, is dominated by its impressive castle. It is the stronghold of the northeast of Creuse whose prosperous and historically rich past can still be seen in the picturesque streets and on the facades of houses with spiral staircases and its wrought iron balconies.

If the castle, clinging to its rocky spur, remains the emblem of the past in the same way as the remains of ramparts and towers, Boussac has not ceased to advance and modernize. Shops, entertainment and industries are all assets for this city in the countryside.

Boussac and its castle

Jean de Brosse, builder of the castle in the 15th century, and companion of Joan of Arc, made Boussac part of the history of France. Following him, many famous people stayed in Boussac. To name but a few, George Sand is undoubtedly a loyal devotee whose talent has beautifully described this part of Creuse and more precisely the castle where she regularly stayed.

She said: “The Boussac castle is half in the city and half in the countryside. […] . …] plunges into the perpendicular rock that carries it to the bed of the Petite Creuse, and overlooks an admirable site…”. She also wrote in “Jeanne“: “It is irregular, graceful and pretty in its simplicity”.

It is in its walls that the famous tapestries of La Dame à la Licorne were also discovered, a series of six tapestries full of symbols, now displayed at the Cluny Museum.

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