The Chateau of Blois is not only one of the most prestigious
Renaissance monuments in France but also a brilliant illustration of
the evolution of the French architecture from the Middle Ages to the
17th century. It has a great royal history from Louis XII who built
the oldest part of the chateau to Francois I who added the
renaissance wing with the unique open circular staircase.
The medieval castle became a royal residence and the political
capital of the kingdom under Louis XII. At the beginning of the
1500’s, the king initiated a reconstruction of the castle and the
creation of a renaissance garden. These were later lost with the
formation of Avenue Victor Hugo.
This wing, of red brick and grey stone, forms the main entrance to the château, and features a statue of the mounted king above the entrance.
Inside the chateau has been returned to its former splendour
with particular emphasis put on restoring the floor tiles to their
Quite overwhelming actually, not for your
The chateau features its own ‘son et lumière ‘- which is worth hanging around for - it takes place in the courtyard late on summer evenings. The usual melodramatic historical narrative, backed by a light show and classical music, is presented in English on Wednesdays.
Official website: Chateau de Blois
Driving from Paris: Take the A10
motorway Paris/Bordeaux, exit 17-Blois toward Vendôme.
Driving from Tours: Take
A10 Blois/Paris exit 17 toward Blois/La Chaussée-Saint-Victor.