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 Chateau de Blois in the Loire Valley

Chateau de Blois in the Loire Valley

 

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.

 

The Louis XII 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 original condition.

 

Quite overwhelming actually, not for your average semi!

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.

Address: 6 Place du Château, 41000 Blois, France

 

Hours: 9:00 am – 12:30 pm, 1:30–5:30 pm

 

Tickets

     

Adults

    

 

Children 6-17 years old

 

Chateau

+Sound and Light show
+House of Magic

 

10.50€

16€
16€

 

5€

7€
7€

 

 

 

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.

 

 

External links:

 

Official website:      www.chateaudeblois

 

House of Magic:     www.maisondelamagie

 

On Wikipedia:        Chateau de Blois

 

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"Author: Jim Craig"