500 year s of the Renaissance

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In 2019, the Centre-Val de Loire Region will celebrate 500 years of the Renaissance and will set up an exceptional festive, artistic and cultural programme throughout the territory. To celebrate this anniversary, over 500 events punctuate the year and highlight the treasures and the wealth of the region. Loches, in the South Touraine, is one of the Region's flagship destinations for this occasion: the city is home to many beautifully preserved Renaissance buildings, such as the Town Hall, Saint-Antoine Tower, the Chancery and the Royal Lodge. So many treasures to put Italian culture in the spotlight throughout the year 2019.

Loches in Italian colours

Rich with a Renaissance architectural heritage of Italian influence, Loches has several emblematic sites. This precious legacy is highlighted in an unprecedented way to illustrate the innovations of that era in Loches. Returning from Italy, architects then experimented with new techniques characteristic of the refinement of the Renaissance. 

Throughout the season, the spirit of the Renaissance and the Italian influence are present in the context of exhibitions, cultural and gastronomic events, thematic tours, a retrospective of Italian cinema and Commedia dell’arte performances. A comprehensive programme for a unique Renaissance year in Loches.



Ludovic Sforza : a patron in prison

After being the great patron of Leonardo da Vinci, Ludovic Sforza, Duke of Milan and a powerful man, ended his life in captivity in the dungeon of Loches. His journey between shadow and light is showcased in an exhibition at the Royal City of Loches as part of the celebration of 500 years of the Renaissance.

Adapted to a family audience, the exhibition is a reflection of someone who left his mark on Italian artistic and intellectual life. At the Royal Lodge, his Romanesque life is presented through works of art and graphic documents illustrating his commitment to the arts and his personality. Traces of his imprisonment in the keep still remain on the cell walls that he decorated with frescoes and give us a glimpse of his detention conditions. Thanks to Ludovic Sforza, Leonardo da
Vinci completed one of the most remarkable works of the Italian Renaissance: The Last Supper.


Lansyer Exhibition, Canaletto and Piranese: images from Italy

From May 1st to November 11st at the Lansyer House Museum, Loches 

Exhibition "The Renaissance in Loches: Architectures from Italy" 

From April 1st to November 11th at the Chancellor's Gallery, Loches 

Italian cinema series  

6 sessions organised in partnership with Royal Vigny from March to November 2019, at the Royal Vigny Cinema, Loches


500 years of the Renaissance in the South Touraine


The “Beaux Lieux” in Beaulieu-les-Loches celebrates 500 years

The Renaissance theme lends itself to the "Beaux Lieux" exhibition, which has been enriched with 8 new contemporary creations related to this major event. The artistic pathway connects the Royal City of Loches to the Monastic City of Beaulieu by crossing the Prairies du Roy site, which is classified as a Sensitive Natural Area.

From June 8th to November 3rd, 2019 

In Montrésor : The Renaissance and echoes of the future at the « Nuits Solaires » 

Invitation to voyage throughout summer at the “Nuits Solaires” evenings. The façade of Montrésor Castle comes alive every evening with a luminous projection inspired by the works of Leonardo da Vinci. This journey of light and sound will captivate you. 

Every evening in July and August.



Montrésor: One of the Most Beautiful Villages is celebrating! 

From Easter to October, Montrésor, one of he "Most Beautiful Villages of France" will come alive with a variety of cultural events to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the founding of the Collegiate Church of Saint-Jean Baptiste in Montrésor. The perfect opportunity to discover this remarkable Renaissance building and participate in the many festivities organized around this anniversary (concerts, medieval meals,painters' festival, illumination of the bell tower, etc.)

Vox Alchimia at the Corroirie du Liget

Immerse yourself in the mysterious world of the Corroirie’s Castle-Monastery in the countryside of Montrésor by wandering around this superb site dotted with works of art. Dinner-shows, workshops and conferences will enrich your reflections.

From May 31 st to September 15th, 2019