Loches Chancery: centaurs and museum

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Loches chancery House Museum

Centaurs and oxes’ skulls


At number 12 of the rue du Château, here’s a lovely Renaissance house: the Chancellerie (″Chancery″). The nicest one in Loches! The façade is flank by D and H (for Diane de Poitiers and her royal lover king Henri II of France).

Inscriptions say: Prudentia nutrisco (″Caution feed me″) and justicia regno (″I rule with justice″). Below, the date of 1551 probably indicates the date of construction. We have also oxes’ skulls designing a strange decorative frieze.

The centaur

Do you see the neighbouring house? It’s the ″Centaur’s house″, because of its low-relief. In the past, it seems that this townhouse and the Chancery was an only building…

On the Centaur’s house, do you see this low-relief? It's the pretty Déjanire, who one day tried to cross the river Evenos with her companion Hercules. But centaur Nessus turned up and helped Déjanire to cross the water.

But he also tried to hurt her, so Hercules shot him an arrow! We can see here the wounded centaur with an arrow on the chest, with Déjanire on his back. Hercules tried to shoot another arrow… This low-relief would come from a chimney’s decoration...

The museum

Hey, so, what about the Chancery? It houses today a little exhibition (free entrance) about Loches’ history: the castle, the fortifications… with lots of pictures and engravings.

And also!