Selles‑sur‑Cher

Nestled between the Cher, the Sauldre and the Canal de Berry, the medieval town of Selles-sur-Cher has a rich heritage.

Stroll down the streets and discover its chateau, built between the 13th and 15th centuries, the royal abbey, Notre-Dame-la-Blanche, the cloister, the medieval half-timbered houses…

Selles-sur-Cher was founded in the 6th century on a prediction from Saint Eusice to Childéric who created the town at the same time as an abbey.

Strongly affected by the religious wars, especially with the assaults of the Admiral de Coligny’s Protestant troops, the town shone in the late 1930s by hosting more than 3,000 Spanish refugees who had fled the Franco dictatorship.

The town of Selles-sur-Cher bears the name of its abbey: ‘Cellae’: monk’s cell which became Celles then Selles.

A stroll from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance

 

Leaving from the Tourist Office, walk along the Cher until you reach the chateau built by Phillipe de Béthune in the 17th century.

A few steps away, you will find the Ursuline convent, which was founded at the same time as the chateau;  It was built to house 15 Ursuline sisters who educated young girls and cared for the local residents.

You can also visit the church and see the hôtel-dieu during this walk.

 

 

Selles-sur-Cher: a town AND a culinary speciality

The town of Selles-sur-Cher owes its fame to its cultural heritage and its culinary heritage: it is the home of Selles-sur-Cher PDO cheese known and enjoyed worldwide.

The Selles-sur-Cher PDO cheese can be recognised by its bevelled disc shape and its slightly grey/blue crust. Salted and ashed with vegetable charcoal, this goat’s milk cheese, whole and unpasteurised, matures for 10 days to reveal a salty, acid, bitter balance with goat and mushroom aromas.

The cheese took the name of the town thanks to the containers which were used to collect eggs and cheese from the farms and transport them by train to Paris. Selles-sur-Cher acquired true recognition and was awarded PDO status in 1996.