The Royal City of Loches
The Royal City of Loches, a masterpiece of medieval military architecture
Built on a long rocky outcrop, the fortified town of Loches is overlooked by an imposing keep, a masterpiece of medieval military architecture. Nearby, the royal lodge is a pure gem from the French Renaissance. Go back in time in one of France’s loveliest fortified towns!
The town was originally a small coaching-inn stop-off in the Indre Valley, on the old trading route from Amboise to Poitiers. Circa 1000, Loches became a small medieval village. The incessant quarrels between the counts of Blois and the counts of Anjou in the 5th century were the reason for the town’s rapid rise in prominence.
Discover the 36-metre high keep built by Foulques Nerra, the count of Anjou, in the early 11th century. One of Europe’s most imposing dungeons of its time, it is also one of the best conserved. A model of military architecture, it was converted into a royal prison by Louis XI.At the entrance pavilion, beyond the barbican, visitors are taken into the murky world of the medieval dungeon: the Louis XI tower, the hammer, the question room, the graffiti room, the confinement rooms, the fortifications and the underground rooms…
Not far away, the royal lodge is a remarkable illustration of the French Renaissance. A key place in the history of France, it was one of the favourite residences of the Valois dynasty. Its façade overlooks the town and the Indre Valley. The lodge has played host to Joan of Arc, Agnès Sorel and Anne of Brittany.
Close to the lodge, the medieval garden with its pergola, its lawn banquettes and its wicker barriers, is an extremely pleasant place to relax.
Cité royale de Loches
Place Charles VII
Tel : +33 (0)2 47 59 01 32