The castle (sometimes also called simply "dungeon") of Loches, in the eponymous commune of Indre-et-Loire, 40 km south-east of Tours, is a castle built in the eleventh century in the heart of a city royal which also includes a "home" (palace) and a collegiate.
The whole city situated on a rocky outcrop is surrounded by a wall.
The dungeon was built between 1013 and 1035 by the Count of Anjou Foulques Nerra. It resists several seats and over the centuries, is equipped with new elements: a curtain (XII), towers (XIII), a house for its governor (XIV), a round tower and a barbican (XV).
The fortified building is composed of two parts: the large dungeon, rectangular in shape of about 25 by 14 meters, formerly adorned with a crown, and a fore-body adjoining its north face, called "little dungeon". The thickness of the walls varies from 3.40 m at the base to 2.60 m at the summit.
In the 15th century, the castle became a royal prison, a vocation that he kept until the Revolution, then changing into a prison from 1801 to 1926.
Meanwhile, north of the dungeon, a residential home was built at the end of the fourteenth century, enlarged in a flamboyant Gothic style in the early sixteenth.
After the kings returned to the capital, the city of Loches (keep and home) was however preserved.
The visit of the castle or dungeon classified since 1862 is independent of that of the royal lodging. It can be free, guided or done with a digital application.
Warning: the tower-mistress of the dungeon has 160 steps. The temperature of the underground is 13 degrees.
Open all year. Price: 8.50 and 10.50 euros. Information on +33 2 47 59 01 32.