Aerial view of historic center of Loches town overlooking ancient Chateau of Anjou family with collegiate church, royal lodge and donjon.

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Cité Royale de Loches

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Loches’ vast hilltop citadel is the size of a small town – a few lucky people even live here! Inside you can visit the Logis Royal and the Donjon et Cachots – the same ticket is good for both – and a Romanesque church. The ensemble is great for kids who are into knights, castles and dungeons.

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1. Logis Royal

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At the northern end of the Cité Royale stands the royal residence of Charles VII and his successors, originally built as a medieval fortress but later…

2. Collégiale St-Ours

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This Romanesque church, in the Cité Royale near the Logis Royal, contains the tomb of Agnès Sorel, Charles VII’s mistress, who lived in the château during…

3. Maison-Musée Lansyer

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The family home of landscape painter Emmanuel Lansyer (1835–93) is now a museum displaying more than 100 of his paintings, his collection of Japanese art,…

4. Donjon et Cachots

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At the southern end of the Cité Royale, the rectangular, 36m-high Donjon (Tour Carrée; defensive tower) was Loches’ original medieval stronghold, built…

5. Château de Montrésor

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7. Château de Chenonceau

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8. Caves Monmousseau

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