Château de Culan.jpg
Culan is located in France
Country France
Region Centre
Department Cher
Arrondissement Saint-Amand-Montrond
Canton Châteaumeillant
Mayor Jean-Claude Gross[1]
Elevation 220–332 m (720–1,089 ft)
(avg. 270 m/890 ft)
Land area1 20.23 km2 (7.81 sq mi)
Population2 796  (2008[2])
 - Density 39 /km2 (100 /sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 18083/ 18270
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.
2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

Coordinates: 46°32′54″N 2°21′00″E / 46.5483333333°N 2.35°E / 46.5483333333; 2.35

Culan is a commune in the Cher département in the Centre region of France.

It is best-known for its 12th-15th century medieval castle, the Château de Culan, one of the oldest castles still occupied in the world. The castle has beautiful medieval gardens and it is open to visitors every day from Easter until November.



The commune is a farming area comprising the village and a few hamlets situated by the banks of the Arnon river, in the south of the département some 35 miles (56 km) south of Bourges and at the junction of the D997 with the D943, D4 and D65 roads.


Historical population of Culan
(Source : INSEE[3])
1962 1968 1975 1982 1990 1999 2008
1261 1310 1164 1055 932 822 796
From the year 1962 on: population without double counting—residents of multiple communes (e.g. students and military personnel) are counted only once.

Places of interest

  • The church of St.Vincent, dating from the seventeenth century
  • The castle
  • A watermill
  • A nineteenth century viaduct
The village of Culan

See also


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