Sitting high on a bluff overlooking the valley, the château and its satellite buildings form a complex called the Cité Royale. The House of Anjou, from which the Plantagenets descended, owned the castle from 886 to 1205. Its royal legacy continued with its occupation by the kings of France from the mid-13th century, until Charles IX became king in 1560.

Allow 3 hours to see Loches. Nearby the Château de Loches, the tomb of Agnès Sorel rests in the Romanesque Collégiale St-Ours (Collegiate Church of St-Ours), 1 rue Thomas-Pactius (tel. 02-47-59-02-36), spans the 10th to 15th centuries. Sculpted figures of saints and animals decorate the portal. Stone pyramids (dubes) surmount the nave; the carving on the west door is exceptional. The church is open daily from 9am to 7pm, except during class; admission is free.

You may also want to walk the ramparts and enjoy the view of the town, including a 15th-century gate and Renaissance inns.

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