Logis Royal


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 converted into a Renaissance-style hunting lodge. In May 1429, after her victory at Orléans, Joan of Arc famously met Charles VII here for the second time and nudged him towards coronation. The multimedia museum, redone in 2018, has rooms dedicated to some big personalities: Charles VII, Agnès Sorel, Anne of Brittany and Joan of Arc.

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1. 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…

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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5. Château de Montrésor

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