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Loches is a commune in the Indre-et-Loire department in central France. The town is situated 29 miles (47 km) south-east of Tours by railway, on the left bank of the Indre River.

Loches (the Roman Leucae) grew up around a monastery founded about 500 by St. Ours and belonged to the Counts of Anjou from 886 until 1205. In the latter year it was seized from King John of England by Philip Augustus, and from the middle of the 13th century until after the time of Charles IX of France the castle was a residence of the kings of France, apart for a brief interlude in 1424 when it was granted to Archibald Douglas, Duke of Touraine, through an inheritance.

The construction of the fortress of Loches is attributed to Foulques Nerra and goes back to the 11th century. 36 metres high, it is considered to be one of the most impressive keeps of the Norman period. The Gate House, the 14th century Governor's lodge, the Louis XI tower topped with its early artillery emplacements, Cardinal Balue's dungeon, and the torture chamber, together with video projections and the computer generated images all combine to give you a "first hand" experience of the medieval period. Discover the medieval style garden at the foot of the keep.

The above information is taken from Wikipedea and http://www.loches-tourainecotesud.com

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