Royal City of Loches

  • Distance : 42 km

The Château de Loches is located in the department of Indre-et-Loire in the Loire valley. It was constructed in the XIth century.

Built some 500 metres (1,600 ft) above the Indre River, the huge castle, famous mostly for its massive square keep, dominates the town of Loches. The keep, 36 meters high, was built by the Count of Anjou, Foulques Nerra. It stands as an example of military architecture, and had been converted into a royal prison by Louis XI.

The Royal House nearby, a jewel of the French Renaissance with a central role in the history of France, was the residence for the Valois dynasty. Its facade, looking onto a terrace, dominates the town and the valley of the Indre. The Royal House is where Joan of Arc, Agnès Sorel, and Anne of Brittany once stayed

In the rooms of the Royal House, beautiful Flemish tapestries, armours, and paintings are presented. Among there is the prestigious retable from Liget, the Passion of Christ, attributed to Jehan Poyet (15th century).

From the entry gate of the keep, beyond the lookout tower, you will enter the prison world of the Middle Ages: Louis XI Tower, the Martelet Prison, the interrogation room, the graffiti room, the cells, fortifications, underground passageways…

Not far from the governor’s house is the medieval garden with its pergola, grass-covered mounds and live-willow fencing, which offer a strangely peaceful contrast to this rather oppressive environment


Great weekend of historical pageant: August 15th to 18th, 2013...