Loches Chancery: centaurs and museum
Centaurs and oxes’ skulls
At number 12 of rue du Château, here’s a lovely Renaissance house: the Chancellerie (″Chancery″). We have D and H on the façade (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 indicating the date of construction. We also have oxes’ skulls designing a strange decorative frieze.
Do you see the neighbouring house? It’s the ″Centaur’s house″, because of its low-relief. It's the pretty Déjanire, who one day tried to cross 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: Hercules shot him an arrow! We can see here the wounded centaur with an arrow on the chest, Déjanire on his back. Hercules tried to shoot another arrow… This low-relief would come from a chimney’s decoration.
What about the Chancery? It houses today a little exhibition (free entrance) about Loches’ history: the castle, the fortifications… with plenty of pictures and engravings.