The Residence of the 7 kings and 10 queens of Francia. This is where Carlos de Valois Duke of Orleans and Blois made his residence. In 1462 ve would become King of France was born in this palace, by the name of Louis XII. Joan of Arc was blessed in it by the Archbishop of Reims. The Chateau de Blois is a place that exudes the power and daily life that happened in the Renaissance Court.
This is a place of beauty, full of castles that belonged to the French kings and noble people. It was named a World Heritage site on the list of UNESCO in 2000, for the quality of its architecture. The zone includes the castles of Blois, Chinon, Chambord, and the area between Sully Sur Loire River and Chalonnes. The villages in the areas are also nice, but the most impressive things to see are the buildings, and its integration with the natural environment. Most are from the Renaissance era and the Age of Enlightenment, whose influence is shown in the fineness of the architectural details of the castles. Some are still inhabited, there are many castles, the biggest belonging to the French state and are now museums that are open for visits, for example in Saumur, Chenonceaux, Chambord, and inhabited castles, like Cheverny, are partially open to the public and are visited because the furniture and family arms. To visit this region is very extensive, it is best to drive because public transport is limited. If you do not want to rent one, you can go to a tour agency that goes to 2 or 3 castles a day.
On a visit to the castles of "Loire" in France, do not miss out on the city of Blois. It is a lovely city, very organized and picturesque (it has an area of houses and buildings on the outskirts subsidized that make a tiny suburb). It has over 50,000 inhabitants and is from the 6th century. Its historical part, the most interesting, is on the north side of the Loire River, although the south also has interesting parks. In Blois is its bridge, the old bridge , The Castle, the streets of the old town and the Museum of Fine Arts. The Castle is a work of art that shows 4 different styles, with outdoor sculptures and relics with attractive details. There is a grand staircase to the side of the main entrance, it iss in Renaissance style and is the most important detail of the castle. The presence of Joan of Arc in the city was important, and it was a hub for the Battle of Orleans. In her honor there is a statue in one of the gardens of the city. Apart from its own charms and attractions, visitng Blois is perfect as it is a great spot to address the visit of the castles along the river.
La Maison de la Magie is situated in Blois, opposite the Royal Castle. It is a museum dedicated to Robert Houdin and magic, and one can see in it all the types of tools used in magic shows, as well as recreations of the tricks that were performed. We also offer three daily magic shows. Admission is € 8 for adults.
The Church of San Vicente was the 1 tour we did in Blois. With the car parked on the street we watched from above as its facade caught our attention, and we decided to visit. It is situated in a beautiful park. You can visit inside for free, and even take photographs. Its outside architecture is striking, especially the columns. The inside is beautiful and worth looking into. I highlight the choir and the many altars. I liked all the interior façade, the pink marble and mosaics of various colors in some areas. Very nice and original.
The Escalier Denis Papin, situated on the street of the same name, along with the most modern part of the city. At the top you can find a monument to Denis Papin, a native of Blois and inventor of the pressure cooker. At the bottom, we found a very nice garden area. It is worth climbing the stairs for a view.
The Jardin des Lices is situated behind the Royal Castle, in fact formerly part of the castle grounds. These beautiful gardens organized in 2 levels and composed of many trees, bushes and plants. In them you can see a monument to the goddess Diana, with her bow. They are close to other tourist attractions in the city such as the Place Victor Hugo and Church of San Vicente.
The Museum of Fine Arts in Blois has nothing very extraordinary, like many art museums in small provincial towns ... But since the museum is inside the castle of Blois, which you will surely visit if passing through the city, why not take a walk inside? In fact, the museum is situated in the Louis XII wing of the Castle itself. Entrance to the castle also includes entrance into the museum which is accessed from the courtyard of the castle. You can see different paintings and sculptures, many of them related to the same story and Renaissance castle in the Loire Valley.
The Plce Victor Hugo is located in the center of Blois. Inside you'll find the Church of San Vicente. In the square there are numerous species of trees, and a monument to Augustin Thierry. It has numerous benches, and several flower beds. It's a good place to sit and rest awhile.
This district is in the old part of the city of Blois, near the cathedral. In the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, it was home to courtiers, and among the buildings, Graticcia stands out, with two buildings connected by a covered bridge. You can see acrobats and some Gothic monsters depicted in the wood; the monsters seem to be devouring the beams.
It was fun even though I could not understand most of what was going on. After a while I realized its the cue for the start of the magic show inside the mansion.
If it looks good outside, then you should check inside.
The St. Louis Cathedral is situated in the beautiful city of Blois, one of the most important of the Loire Valley. Situated near the center, about 200 meters from the Papin Denis Stairs. Its style is Gothic and was built in the 17th century. The visit is free during business hours 9am to 18pm.