|Region||Centre-Val de Loire|
|Intercommunality||CC Loches Sud Touraine|
|• Mayor (2020–2026)||Marc Angenault|
|27.06 km2 (10.45 sq mi)|
|• Density||230/km2 (590/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+01:00 (CET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+02:00 (CEST)|
|Elevation||64–147 m (210–482 ft)|
|1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.|
Loches (French pronunciation: [lɔʃ] ( listen )) is a commune in the Indre-et-Loire department, central France.
It is situated 29 miles (47 km) southeast of Tours by railway, on the left bank of the river Indre.
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 heritably granted to Archibald Douglas, Duke of Touraine. Antoine Guenand, Lord of La Celle-Guenand was appointed Captain-Governor of Loches in 1441.
The town, one of the most picturesque in central France, lies at the foot of the rocky eminence on which stands the Château de Loches, the castle of the Anjou family, surrounded by an outer wall 13 ft (4 m) thick, and consisting of the old collegiate church of St Ours, the royal lodge and the donjon or keep.
The church of St Ours dates from the tenth century to the twelfth century; among its distinguishing features are the huge stone pyramids surmounting the nave and the beautiful carving of the west door. It contains the tomb of Agnès Sorel.
The royal lodge, built by Charles VII of France and once used as the subprefecture, contains the oratory of Anne of Brittany. It was here on 11 May 1429 that Joan of Arc arrived, fresh from her historic victory at Orleans, to meet the king.
The donjon includes, besides the ruined keep (12th century), the Martelet, celebrated as the prison of Lodovico Sforza, Duke of Milan, who died there in 1508, and the Tour Ronde, built by Louis XI of France and containing the famous iron cages in which state prisoners, including according to a story now discredited, the inventor Cardinal Balue, were confined.
Loches has a town hall and several houses of the Renaissance period. The town hall was constructed after royal approval by Francis 1st in 1515.
On the right bank of the Indre, opposite the town, is the village of Beaulieu-lès-Loches, once the seat of a barony.
Liquor, distilling and tanning are carried on together with trade in farm produce, wine, wood and livestock.
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Under the Ancien Régime in France this château was the seat of the Barony of La Celle-Guenand. The estate encompassed what is today, the commune of La Celle-Guenand in the Indre-et-Loire départment in the Centre-Val de Loire Region of France. Château de La Celle-Guenand is listed as a Monument historique since 11 June 1943 by the French Ministry of Culture.
The Château de Gizeux is an important edifice, dating from the Middle Ages and much altered over the centuries, notably during the French Renaissance and the Age of Enlightenment.
The Communauté de communes Loches Sud Touraine is a communauté de communes, an intercommunal structure, in the Indre-et-Loire department, in the Centre-Val de Loire region, central France. It was created on 1 January 2017 by the merger of the former communautés de communes of Loches Développement, Montrésor, Grand Ligueillois and Touraine du Sud. It had a population of 52,070 in 2016. Its seat is in Loches.
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