Loches is a small medieval town south of Tours on the Indre River. It still has plenty of medieval features including well preserved walls. There have been fortresses on the hills top since at least the 6th century. The current donjon (keep) dates from the 11th century and the chateau’s royal apartments date from the 14th century. Being older the chateau doesn’t have the opulence of the 16th chateaus. Quite a few kings made use of the chateau including Charles VII who was visited by Joan of Arc there. The court at Loches at that stage was famous for wild parties as Henry tried to woo the beautiful but notorious Agnes Sorel who became the first ever officially recognised royal mistress.
This view of the Chateau was taken from across the river. Views over the more modern part of town and the valley are spectacular (a photo of that tomorrow).
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swiatopelk777 (0) 2010-05-06 1:01
Very fine castle, fine architecture. Nice weather and colors. Superb contrast.
Greetings from Warszawa!
dta (80302) 2010-05-06 1:04
Hello Ian ,
Excellent Point of view over this fine castle , with the red roofs in the FG . The sharpness is excellent ; and the colors are very natural . Beautiful contrast with the blue sky . The weather was better there , than in Britanny !
DINOZOR (16428) 2010-05-06 2:06
Superbe prise oů ce château est fortement présent, en raison de la lumičre et du contraste, au dessus des maisons.Bonne netteté et un cadrage sans doute imposé par la configuration du site.
Leonie (8809) 2010-05-06 2:28
Beautiful place! I have been there myself two weeks ago! Nice point of view..I found it not so easy to find a nice spot to take a general view of the place!
Budapestman (82620) 2010-05-06 3:22
a superb photo of this beautiful place, the composition is very attractive, the architectural details are splendid, excellent lights and clarity, Tfs! Have a nice day! Kellemes napot kívánok!
mafegan (8624) 2010-05-08 21:24
An interesting array of rooftops. Crisp clear colours and the pov you have chosen makes a nice composition. Tfs, Marlene