ARCHITECT, French
(active 12th century in Loches)

Citadel

12th century
Photo
Loches (Indre-et-Loire)

The photo shows an early citadel combining castle, palace and church.

The picturesque town of Loches lies at the foot of the rocky eminence on which stands the Château de Loches, the castle of the Anjou family, surrounded by a 4 m thick outer wall, and consisting of the old collegiate church of St Ours, the royal lodge and the donjon or keep.

The church dates from the tenth century to the twelfth century; the donjon includes, besides the ruined keep from the 12th century, the 15th-century Martelet, celebrated as the prison of Lodovico Sforza, Duke of Milan, who died there in 1508, and the Tour Ronde containing the famous iron cages in which state prisoners were confined.




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