The Chateau de Loches, with its massive stone keep, a medieval castle in the Loire Valley consisting of the old collegiate church of St Ours, royal lodge and keep, at Loches, Indre-et-Loire, Centre, France. The chateau was built in the 9th century and the keep in 1013 by Foulques Nerra, Count of Anjou. The 4-storey keep is 23m high with walls 2.8m thick. The chateau is listed as a historic monument. Picture by Manuel Cohen

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The Chateau de Loches, with its massive stone keep, a medieval castle in the Loire Valley consisting of the old collegiate church of St Ours, royal lodge and keep, at Loches, Indre-et-Loire, Centre, France. The chateau was built in the 9th century and the keep in 1013 by Foulques Nerra, Count of Anjou. The 4-storey keep is 23m high with walls 2.8m thick. The chateau is listed as a historic monument. Picture by Manuel Cohen

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