Dominated by the outline of the Logis Royal castle and its Agnès Sorel tower, the medieval citadel of Loches boasts a beautiful architectural heritage on the edge of the Indre River. The Logis Royal is an outstanding example of Renaissance architecture. Its history was marked by three women: Joan of Arc, Agnès Sorel and Anne of Brittany. After visiting the castle, a walk around this Town of Art and History is essential – to see the Romanesque collegiate church where Agnès Sorel's grave is, various fortified gates, the Renaissance town hall, the 36-m high Romanesque keep, the Maison Lansyer where numerous works by the painter Emmanuel Lansyer are on display, the shopping streets and all the old houses.
Loches, "City of Art and History", ranked among "The Most Beautiful Detours in France", but also a place of life and services, is a residential and tourist city. Very accessible by public transport, Loches is located about half an hour from Tours and the TGV station.
Sub-prefecture of Indre-et-Loire, Loches plays a crucial role relay and animation for the whole country South Touraine.
Medieval City of exception, Loches history is closely linked to that of France since it was founded in the 5th century around a monastery founded by St. Ours. She then became one of the key fortresses of the Loire Valley, three successive ramparts are one of the best preserved and protected sites of France.
Loches is also a city of Earth where food goes with his past Touraine sausages (rillettes, crackling, etc..) Géline Touraine goat cheese, foie gras, confectionery, Touraine wines are the flagships ... this land where life is good. Market Loches, Wednesday and Saturday morning is a showcase flavors and know-how Lochois.
Things to see and do
The royal city hides many treasures:
Royal door, only after accessing the city, dating from the 12th and 13th centuries;
The dungeon novel, high 36 meters and in a perfect state of preservation;
The royal house, favorite Valois and marked by three illustrious women Residence: Joan of Arc, Agnes Sorel (official favorite of Charles VII) and Anne of Brittany;
The Saint-Ours, Romanesque splendor built in the 11th and 12th centuries;
Lansyer House, family home of the painter Emmanuel Lansyer (1835-1893), regarded in his time as one of the best landscape painters.
The second wall is home to some of the most beautiful mansions Loches and the third enclosure is sandwiched among prestigious Renaissance buildings: the House of the Centaur, Hotel de Ville (Francis) and the Chancellery, recently restored, where History of Loches is declined, from its origin to the present day (2003 Award "Ribbons Heritage").
The Saint-Antoine church restored in 2011, presents a collection of works of art in the 17th century., Statues and stained glass Avisseau Lobin. The Antonine Gallery houses the exhibition of two paintings "The Caravaggio Philippe de Bethune," altarpiece Jean Poyet (XV c.) And religious treasure Loches.
The cultural and artistic animation is permanent: exhibitions of art, theater, concerts, night shows of summer, festivals... are so many opportunities to appreciate the atmosphere and the atmosphere of this Cité Millénaire.
"Loches in Celebration": at Easter.
"Loches in Voice": early July.
International traditional harness competition: end of July.
Nocturnal markets: in July and August.
The "Autumn Sonatas": in October.
Visits, leisure and activities nearby
Loches and South Touraine is a unique setting for relaxation and recreation that you can practice, according to your desire, the following activities: bike rides, hiking and horseback riding, fishing, golf, microlight, canoeing, flying glider, 4x4 trekking, orienteering ... or simply enjoy the forest of Loches which covers nearly 4,000 hectares.