in the Loire Valley
one of our favourite places in
is a very pleasant medieval riverside town in
the department of
Indre-et-Loire, southeast of Tours, resting on the banks of the Indre
Your first impression of
Loches will be of a town steeped in history,
that still retains its authenticity,
one of the best-preserved
Guidebooks actually have it 'listed' it
as a town of Art & History as well as
detour (plus beau detour). Its narrow, traffic free streets
in the old town could
be the same ways travelled by the kings,
queens and heroines of its medieval
Yet it has also
slipped into the future sympathetically to give
us a town of character with all the modern
amenities you need.
Shoppers will find it a joy -
also has many
fine bistros and restaurants, to suit most budgets. If you are planning
to have lunch on market days it is
recommended that you make a prior
out 'Le Gerbe d'Or'.
dungeon are easily accessible by walking up Rue de Chateau and entering
the citadel via the 'Porte Royale' - well worth a visit - learn of the
Richard the Lionheart connection.
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monument of the town is the huge belfry (see top photo.) that dominates
the skyline of the lower town. This the 'Tour Saint-Antoine' which is
the only vestige of a church of the same name that used to stand on this
It rises to 52 meters. Built between 1529 and 1575, it is apparently the
only bell tower of Renaissance design
There is a lovely public park on the other side of
the river which looks up to the chateau and you should seek it out
for its bandstand and floral displays as they make for great
You can see more garden pics
here on our blog
|The river Indre
runs through the town – its twisting current making it challenging for
anglers who like to fish along the banks, right in the heart of town. It
also gives the town additional character and appeal.
Within easy walking distance there are
two museums, municipal tennis courts and an indoor swimming pool .
town is also well served by supermarkets with a
large 'Super U' to the north and a 'E.Leclerc' to
the south on the outskirts.
The Caravaggio controversy:
Two paintings discovered discarded in a church organ loft in 2006, in the town, were identified on an inventory as original Caravaggio's and reputed to be worth up to £50 million each !
Although initially authenticated as originals various experts have since doubted the pictures are by him. This has not stopped Loches
promoting itself as a 'Caravaggio town' and they can be viewed where
they were discovered at the church of
Is the Renaissance rascal overtaking Michelangelo in the popularity stakes? Check out article here...
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The town is
'twinned' with Wermelskirchen (Germany) and Saint-Andrews
Directions to Loches
Official website of town
Tourist board of Southern
Blogpost on Loches' medieval
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