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Not to be missed: the Royal City

The Royal City of Loches is a unique French heritage site that was built over the course of five centuries of history. From its impressive keep to the royal suites and collegiate church, visitors will explore an extensive site that is home to great architectural gems.
 
The difference between Loches and the other châteaux is that Loches… isn’t one. Loches is a royal city. It is composed of different sites surrounded by 2 km of protective ramparts, and is one of the few medieval cities in France that still has almost all of its 12th-century ramparts.
 
It is entered through the Royal Gate dating from the 11th century. At the south end is the impressive keep with the main tower, clasping towers, fortifications and a residential suite known as the Governor’s suite. A medieval-style garden is laid out at its foot. At the other end of the city is the royal accommodation, which comprises a lookout tower adjoined to the main building built over two floors. This is where the magnificent oratory commissioned by Anne of Brittany is to be found.
 
The Saint-Ours collegiate church is near the royal accommodation. This Romanesque gem is crowned with two pyramidal cupolas and ornamented with a sculpted polychrome doorway. It houses the alabaster recumbent statue of Agnès Sorel, whose memory will remain forever part of the city’s heritage. 
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