There is a lot of history in Loches. In the centre of town, the Cité Royale sprawls along the hilltop, comprising the 10th century dungeon, the chateau (Logis Royale) and a towering Catholic Church, l’Église de St Ours. All are surrounded by ancient ramparts, built over a thousand years ago, and it is all incredibly beautiful. The imposing dungeon is the largest that remains intact in Europe.
The chateau is rather significant as the place where Jeanne d’Arc convinced Charles VII to go after the crown. Later, Charles gifted the Logis Royale to his mistress, Agnes Sorel. She was the first “recognized” royal mistress! She died young (age 28) after the birth of her 4th child with Charles VII, and she is enterred in the church here in Loches.
I find it pretty crazy that Joan of Arc walked these same streets, under the same archways, and slept in the chateau that I see from our windows every single day. Wild!
Here are some more pics of the Cité Royale. We wandered through there a couple of times last week, but there’s still much more to explore.