- 37600 Loches
- Phone:+33 (0)2 47 91 82 82
- Fax:+33 (0)2 47 91 61 50
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Perched on a rocky spur and surrounded by lush countryside, medieval Loches – with its louche history, cobbled streets and imposing fortified château – bills itself as the “capital of southern Touraine”. In the Citadel, the 11th-century keep was built by Falcon the Black, while the feudal château witnessed Joan of Arc persuade Charles VII to march north to be crowned (1429). The royal court he consequently established here was notorious for its wild banquets, thrown primarily to woo the stunningly beautiful Agnès Sorel. The town’s golden age ended in 1461 with the coronation of Louis XI, who turned the keep into a prison.