Sunday, February 14, 2021

Inside the donjon

So far I've only found one photo in my collection of the inside of the donjon (keep) at the Château de Loches. I think I may have more, but I obviously didn't label them well enough to find them easily. This one will have to do.

Looking up inside the donjon walls at the medieval castle at Loches, June 2011.

As you can see, the interior structure (beams, floors, walls, and anything else that was not made from stone) is gone. The tower is an empty shell, except for the traces of fireplaces and windows and the numerous small rectangular niches in the walls that, I presume, once supported joists and beams. On the upper left you can see part of the modern metallic walkway and stair that visitors use to get to the top. The vertiginous climb is not for everyone.


  1. Fascinating. I'd enjoy those stairs. SG would stay below.

  2. If I were to visit France, this is the sort of sites Would want to visit.

  3. I'd want to explore this building for sure. I find old abandoned buildings and structures fascinating.

  4. Actually, I think I went there with Ken. You stayed home and cooked. I think.

  5. mitch, it's a good workout!

    michael, they abound!

    sean, me too. I have a special fondness for roman ruins.

    evelyn, :)

    chris, you may be right about that. Ken seems to remember that, too.

  6. Walt/Ken: I asked to see something medieval, and Ken took me to Loches. We had lunch(?) by a river. I must have photos...


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