is a tiny village and a commune
of approximately 266 inhabitants in the Loir-et-Cher département
of the Centre région
. It stands on the banks of the Loir
Its inhabitants are called Lavardinoises and Lavardinois.
The village is a member of the association of Les Plus Beaux Villages de France ("The most beautiful villages of France").
Sites and monuments
Lavardin is classified as one of the most beautiful villages of France thanks to the ruins of its medieaval castle
(see main article: Château de Lavardin
), its Gothic
church and frescoes, its houses and the ancient bridge. The village has been frequented by renowned painters since about 1900, most notably Busson and Sauvage.