North of the town, the Forest of Vierzon merges with one of France’s
largest forests, the Sologne, setting of Alain-Fournier’s romantic,
atmospheric novel Le Grand Meaulnes.
South of the town are a number of
vineyards and picturesques villages with
romanesque churches, the most important being St Aignan in
Brinay with its medieval frescoes depicting, among many others, the
months of the year.
Vierzon’s history dates back to before Roman times. During the wars
with the English it was captured by Richard the Lionheart.
However, its main development started with the building of the first
ironworks in 1779, to which were later added potteries and smelting
industries. The famous Porcelaine de Limoges originated in
Today Vierzon is a lively city of 30,000 inhabitants, with its abundance of game from the forests in the
Sologne and fish from the many rivers – not forgetting the numerous
wines from the surrounding vinyards (Quincy, Reuilly, etc). It
offers major sporting facilities, a new theatre and arts complex and
a busy street market where the visitor can sample the local wine and
food, including the famous goats cheeses of Berry.