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The prefecture of the Creuse department
Coat of arms of Guéret
Country France
Region Nouvelle-Aquitaine
Department Creuse
Arrondissement Guéret
Intercommunality Le Grand-Guéret
Mayor Michel Vergnier
Elevation 350–685 m (1,148–2,247 ft)
(avg. 436 m or 1,430 ft*)
Land area1 26.21 km2 (10.12 sq mi)
Population2 13,143  (2013)
 - Density 501/km2 (1,300/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 23096/ 23000
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°10′17″N 1°52′09″E / 46.171389°N 1.869167°E / 46.171389; 1.869167

Guéret (Occitan: Garait) is a commune of France It is the prefecture of the Creuse department in the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region.


In 1514, Guéret became the capital of the County of Marche, a medieval French county, approximately corresponding to the modern Creuse department.

In 1790, when the departments were created, Guéret was named as the capital of the Creuse department.


Guéret is in a plateau between the Creuse and the Gartempe rivers, at the foot of two hills: the Puy de Gaudy, 651 m (2,136 ft) high, and the Maupuy, 689 m (2,260 ft) high. The commune has an area of 26.21 km2 (10.12 sq mi), and its average altitude is 436 m (1,430 ft); at the city hall, the altitude is 431 m (1,414 ft).

Guéret and its neighboring communes
Map of the commune of Guéret

The communes that are around Guéret are Saint-Fiel, Sainte-Feyre, Savennes, Saint-Christophe, La Chapelle-Taillefert, Saint-Léger-le-Guérétois and Saint-Sulpice-le-Guérétois.

Guéret has an oceanic climate with relatively hot summers, mild winters and abundant rainfall, Cfb in the Köppen climate classification.


The commune of Guéret has a population, in 2013, of 13,143; its population density is of 501 inhabitants/km2.

The inhabitants of Guéret are known, in French, as Guérétois (women: Guérétoises).

Sites of interest

  • The Hotel de Moneyroux. This building, of Gothic style, was built in the fifteenth century. It is now the headquarters of the General Council of the Creuse.
  • The Presidial, dating from the seventeenth century, now is the town hall.
  • The Museum of the Sénatorerie. The building served as house for senators under Napoleon. Since 1832, the Society of Archaeological and Natural Sciences of the Creuse has been housed here.
  • Courtille lake, a recreation area south of Guéret, is an artificial lake along a shaded path.
  • Chabrières forest is a large forest to the south of Guéret. It has a zoo, where one can see wolves in semi-liberty in large espaces with walls. Here there are some big dolmens.


Sister city

Guéret is twinned with:

  • Germany Stein, Germany since 1991

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