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 Porte Royale, or Royal Gate, is the only entrance to the Castle. It dates from the 12th and 13th centuries and was completed in the 15th century. From the Porte Royale, you can enter the Citadel to visit the Keep, the Logis Royal and the Collegiate Church of Saint Ours.
The above information is taken from Wikipedea and http://www.loches-tourainecotesud.com
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swiatopelk777 (0) 2010-01-08 0:52
Very fine gate or tower, wonderful old architecture. Very fine information. Nice lightness. Good composition. Original picture.
Greetings from Warszawa!
Budapestman (82620) 2010-01-08 0:55
they did not leave the protection to the chance if this is the only entrance, a superb photo of this imposing gate, the composition is very attractive. Tfs! Have a nice day!
saxo042 (37966) 2010-01-08 1:05
The little walkway is a good lead up to the castle, forming a fine diagonal too. The trees in front are nicely framing the motive.
Buin (42502) 2010-01-08 1:19
Good morning Stephen!
An impressivre and somehow intimidating building indeed which in former times obviously has had a drawbridge. I like that you show us also its surroundings.
There's some strange blur in the photo, especially around the window in the gate and left of it. By the way, temperature here is -12°C this morning!
Greetings from very cold Germany!
papagolf21 (106953) 2010-01-08 1:22
Bonjour, cher ami Stephen,
Oh ! oui, je reconnais bien cet endroit de Loches. L'entrée principale du château est bien reproduite. L'on note la présence d'un ancien pont-levis (fentes situées au-dessus du portail sous voûte.
Très intéressante vue.
ChrisJ (117199) 2010-01-08 3:04
Excellent sharpness with attractive muted colors. Well composed with plkenty of interesting details toi observe. Bon weekend et bonne journee!
Nicou (148666) 2010-01-08 6:14
quelle image, se sommet dans un léger flou, le petit graviers au sol rosé, avec les belles branche de la'rbre, le banc et le buisson, mangigique ensemble.
Bravo et amitié
carper (96) 2010-01-08 8:25
nice royal garden Stephen,
the sun was not your best friend here, but even that a fine composition, nice details fine job here, have a good weekend.
lucasgalodoido (23649) 2010-01-08 10:46
muito bonita mesmo essa contrução e esse jardim na sua frente, mas achei ela sem brilho, talvez algum problema no PP. De qualquer forma uma belíssima composição e foto.
Parabéns e Abraço
Fis2 (104100) 2010-01-08 11:41
Next interesting object.
Good frame and colors.
maltese (22901) 2010-01-08 13:16
Un petit passage sur TE pour saluer les vieux amis.
Toujours amoureux des vielles pierres pour notre plus grand plaisir!!
Best wishes for 2010
darek1978 (13361) 2010-01-08 18:37
Beautiful and well composed street picture from this pleasant town. The impressive building in the background completes the scene. Well done!
Have a nic weekend,
rodgerg (55767) 2010-01-09 1:30
Très belle présentation de cette porte avec une vue profonde. Le chemin de pavés conduit notre regard vers le fond de la perspective pour découvrir la porte. En chemin, le regard s'arrête sur les différents détails qui constituent la richesse de cette image.
Amitiés et bon WE,
Silvio1953 (150439) 2010-01-09 2:26
Ciao Stephem, beautiful composition with impressive architecture, wonderful light and colors, very well done my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio
phwall (6785) 2010-01-09 2:34
Very good composition here, it is very easy on the eye. All of the elements are in good balance and positioned well in the frame.
A tiny point, there seems to be a smudge of some sort over the middle of the tree on the left of frame, is it a flare coming into the lens.
What I find remarkable about the buildings from this part of France is the colour of the stone used in the buildings, it is so white. I've noticed from your previous postings that it is the same colour throughout the villages and the city you've photographed.
That must have been some valuable treasures in the castle to warrant such massive fortifications.
Thank you for your informative note to go with the image.
Have a good weekend.
diomed (13926) 2010-01-09 16:06
nice composition with a flou effect in the superior side of the picture. Impressive desert scene, amazing architecture. Intriguing atmosphere.
Graal (103038) 2010-01-10 0:15
an interesting place and presentation. Good note, well photojob. I like it.
JT50 (1491) 2010-01-10 8:09
I like both your posts of 9th and 10th but today I choose to comment on this. This is a neat image with well kept surroundings. I like the path flanked by the trees and plants, leading toward the portal. Lovely soft colours. Cleverly placed bench in the corner. Well done.
Have a nice week.