New presentation in the Cité Royale
The Cité Royale of Loches unveils the key moments of its history and the major figures (from the Count of Anjou Foulques III Nerra to the queen and duchess Anne of Brittany) who lived there in a brand new tour which takes the visitor on a journey through 500 years of the history of France. With a tactile model, projections, videos and sounds to conjure up life in the royal court, this new display plunges visitors into the golden hours of the Cité Royale of Loches.
A new permanent presentation in 15 spaces (700 m2) to discover or rediscover the history of the site and its emblematic characters, through the storytelling of two ambassadors, Amaury & Emeline!
An 11th century masterpiece of military architecture.
The Loches Keep was built by Foulques Nerra in around the year 1000. At 36 metres high, it is one of the most impressive keeps of the Romanesque era. It is also one of the best preserved in Europe today. This main tower was both a defensive and residential structure, and was besieged more than once in the course of the territorial battles between the Capetians and the Plantagenets (12th and 13th centuries). A count’s castle, then a royal fortress, it became a State prison (from the 15th to the 18th century), where high-ranking political prisoners were detained, then a departmental prison (19th and 20th centuries).
The royal lodge
A historic landmark in the history of France.
Its terraced façade overlooks the town and the Indre Valley. An architectural gem of the late Middle Ages (Gothic and Flamboyant Gothic styles), the Royal Lodge of Loches was the favourite residence of the Valois dynasty. It was here that Joan of Arc met the future Charles VII. Agnès Sorel, the King’s favourite, lived here and the Queen of France, Anne of Brittany also stayed here.
The medieval-inspired garden
Gonzague Saint-Bris Area
A peaceful oasis in the midst of a military fortress.
The 700 m2 medieval garden flourishes at the foot of the keep. There is a distinct contrast with the atmosphere of the stone prison. The pergola, grassy banquettes and living willow hedges invite you to relax and daydream. This green area was created in 1998 by the Indre-et-Loire Departmental Council, based on medieval illuminations.