Saint Goussaud

Saint Goussaud

The commune of Saint-Goussaud is clinging to the side of a chain of hills, the mounts of Saint-Goussaud, whose highest point is at the top of the Puy de Jouër at an altitude of 697 meters.

From whatever side you come from, to the delight of cyclists, to get to Saint-Goussaud, you go up. Seventeen hamlets are part of this village. Most of the houses were built in granite by the masons of the Creuse because this rock is omnipresent and outcrops in some places (in the form of granite chaos).

This very wooded commune, crossed by the GR4 and the GR654, is a delight for hikers who find exceptional panoramic views, a peat bog classified as a natural zone of faunistic and floristic interest, magnificent sunken paths lined with low dry stone walls.

Saint-Goussaud is known for its heritage. In the Bourg you will find a lantern of the dead, classified as a historical monument in 1914, a church of the XIIth century in which is enthroned the statue of Gonsaldus, the local saint, at the foot of which is lying the little ox. At the Puy de Jouër, there are the remains of the smallest Gallo-Roman theater in France as well as the ruins of a temple certainly dedicated to the God Jupiter.

The peasants of the commune have also left many vestiges: washhouses, fisheries, fountains and especially curious constructions that look like dry-stone igloos and that are called here, the shepherds’ lodges.

Two charming wooden cottages, registered with the Gites de France, welcome tourists in search of nature and serenity. A bakery-grocery-restaurant-bar allows you to taste good local products and bread baked in the wood fire.

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