Heritage

Orsonville is a rural village with a population of 400, at the southern tip of the Yvelines department. It is a village typical of the Île-de-France region and is dominated by the Saint-André Church built in the 12th century. It also possesses a 15th century stately chapel, crowned by a Gothic vault supported by rib-vaulting with dropped keystones. Almost all of the land in the village belonged to the Marquis de Colbert-Chabanais, whose manor was destroyed after 1920. The imposing fortified Gauvilliers farm, built in the 15th century, pays witness to the long-standing farming tradition of Orsonville, which is today essentially focused on the production of cereal crops. Very recently, the arrival of a young urban working population seeking peace and tranquillity, pure air and social links has helped to boost village life. As such, Orsonville participates in the territorial balance of the Greater Paris area, based on the complementarity between the capital’s economic dynamism and the natural open spaces in its surrounding area.

On the borders of the Sologne and Berry areas, Vierzon offers its 27,000 inhabitants and visitors a green setting at the confluence of the Cher and Yèvre Rivers as well as the Canal de Berry. Hotels, holiday cottages, camp sites and restaurants allow visitors to stay a stone’s throw away from the Quincy and Reuilly vineyards. At the crossroads of three motorways and 1 hour and 30 minutes from Paris by train, the home town of Édouard Vaillant and Félix Pyat, which for a long time was specialised in agricultural mechanisation and porcelain, is today a very dynamic centre for sectors such as precision mechanics, hydraulic hardware, automotive equipment and logistics. Many public infrastructures (such as the theatre, music academy, sports stadiums, gymnasiums, etc.) enable the people of Vierzon to enjoy an outstanding cultural season (with the summer festival, Christmas village, two-yearly circus festival, etc.) and exceptional sporting events. The Paris-Chalette-Vierzon race is a stand-out event in September in the Cher department’s second biggest town, which also hosted the start of the Tour de l'Avenir in 2010. Seven thousand registered participants enjoy sport in seventy clubs and associations, including the Club Cycliste Vierzonnais and three cyclo-touring clubs.

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