Photographer's Note

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 Hotel de Ville (Town Hall), seen here on the left, is linked to the Porte Picois. It was built in the Renaissance style between 1535 and 1543, on the orders of François I, and consists of a main building and a Renaissance wing for the staircase. The windows of the façade are decorated with the town arms and the salamander of François I.

The above information is taken from Wikipedea and

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