Go past Place Sainte-Hélène, turn right and a few meters after Saint-Martial church appears the home of an illustrious man. Henri-Gatien Bertrand, born at Château Raoul in 1773, belongs to the great men of history.

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General of the First Empire, loyal among the Emperor's followers Napoleoner, he is named Grand Marshal of the Tuileries Palace and Grand Eagle of the Legion of Honor. It is the Castelroussin symbol of imperial legend.

Under the first Empire, he is at the top of the state. He is involved in all battles, all imperial projects and accompanies the Emperor on all fronts, even in exile. at theelba island first, then to Saint Helena. It was Bertrand who brought Napoleon's ashes a few years later to the Invalides, after a final imperial journey.

imperial heritage

This imperial legend remains intact in Châteauroux. Many objects that belonged to the Emperor and Empress are presented to the public in the museum Bertrand. You can admire refined collections there, inviting you on a journey to the time of the Aboukir battle or the Egyptian campaign.

The influence of Bertrand and his family can also be found in the mansions of the agglomeration, at the castle of Laleuf in Saint-Maur, the Bertrand country house, or even at the Château de often à Châteauroux and in many nearby farms named pyramids. A moment to remind ourselves that Bertrand was also an engineer and agronomist.

Meet General Bertrand with our historical journey Imperial legend. Brochure available free of charge on request at the tourist office.

Visit the Bertrand Museum

The Bertrand de Châteauroux museum can be visited free of charge from October to May from Tuesday to Sunday from 14 p.m. to 18 p.m. and from June to September from Tuesday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 14 p.m. to 18 p.m. However, it is closed in January and on public holidays except July 14, August 15 and August 1.er November.


  • Group visits possible by reservation at 02 54 61 12 34.

Chateauroux Imperial City

Since 2017, Châteauroux joined the network of imperial cities of France. Launched in 2011, at the Château de Malmaison, the “Imperial City” brand was created on the initiative of the city of Rueil-Malmaison, in partnership with the cities of Compiègne, Fontainebleau and Saint-Cloud. With the desire to develop a real network across the French territory, the Ville Impériale brand aims to give real historical and tourist visibility to the member cities and to enhance their heritage linked to the First Empire and the Second Empire.

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