The Indre-et-Loire Local Council has a rich built heritage. In addition to all the buildings in Loches and Chinon, several buildings that mark significant moments of French history and literature are open to the public.
It was in the Château de Saché that Honoré de Balzac wrote The Lily of the Valley in 1836.
Saint-Cosme Priory welcomed Ronsard and Rabelais wrote Gargantua in La Devinière.
Founded in 1631 by Cardinal Richelieu and built according to regular planning, the town of Richelieu is a great example of simple town planning from the time of Louis XIII. All that remains of the château today is a huge park open to walkers.
A 16th-century house, the château of Candé was transformed and modernised in the 19th and 20thcenturies. The marriage here, in 1397, of Wallis Simpson and the Duke of Windsor, who thus renounced the English throne, would give the site an undeniable and lasting romantic aura.