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Le Cité Royale

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.

walls

a gate seemingly to nowhere at the top of the ramparts

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.

The towers of l'Église de St Ours

The towers of l’Église de St Ours

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!

Archways leading into the Cité Royale

Archways leading into the Cité Royale

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.

Drawbridge

the dungeon from outside

the dungeon from outside

A gate to nowhere? The view beyond was sensational.

A gate to the gardens. The view beyond was sensational.

This was our first view of Loches upon getting off the bus one week ago. The chateau is on the left, the bell tower on the right.

This was our first view of Loches upon getting off the bus one week ago. The chateau is on the left, the bell tower on the right.

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