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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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