At about 130 miles south of Paris the "Route Jacques Coeur"
is an organized tour through centuries, with 18 castles among which
is the splendid castle of Culan :
Here are some other castles on the "Route Jacques Coeur".
Jacques Coeur is the son of a merchant who made money thanks to the
presence of the Court in Bourges. He was a very entreprising trader,
he creates a fleet in Languedoc, sells and buys from the Mediterranean
Sea to the Northern Europe : silk goods, spices, carpets, furs reopens
mines and amasses an important fortune. He helps King Charles VII in
his reconquest of France.
Since 2000 years a Roman remnant, a milestone, shows " the center of France". It is situated in a village in the department of Cher, Bručre-Allichamps, twenty miles from Culan.
Thanks to the computing process of cartography, the IGN (the National Institute of Geography) has recently made a new calculation of the "Center of France". This time, it is the village of Vesdun that has been chosen. It is situated 4 miles from Culan.