Blois Cathedral, Blois

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The Cathedral of St. Louis of Blois, commonly referred to as Blois Cathedral (French: Cathédrale Saint-Louis de Blois; Cathédrale Blois) is a Late Gothic Roman Catholic cathedral in Blois, France. It has been a monument historique (a national heritage site of France) since 1906.It is the seat of the Bishopric of Blois, established in 1697.HistoryThe cathedral is in the Late Gothic style. Before becoming a cathedral, the building was a collegiate church dedicated to Saint Solenne. Construction began in the 12th century. However, except for traces in the crypt and in the base of the bell-tower, nothing is left of the original structure. Construction on the current facade and bell-tower was begun in 1544. The nave was destroyed in a 1678 storm, and the reconstruction in Gothic style took place between 1680 and 1700 under the direction of the architect Arnoult-Séraphin Poictevin (d. 1720). This project was begun at the instigation of Jean-Baptiste Colbert, whose wife was a native of Blois.To celebrate the church's elevation to cathedral status in 1697, Louis XIV presented the organ console in 1704. The new see thereupon took the dedication to Saint Louis.The Chapel of Notre-Dame was added in 1860, under the direction of Jules de La Morandière.
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  • From the banks of the Loire, back up to feet to the Cathedral to discover this building, which has stood the test of time you can discover the different eras of construction of parts of the Cathedral to the interieur.tres enjoyable moment of contemplation.
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  • Cathedral much altered, partly rebuilt, not great .... it is a visit, also fast
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  • has a nice building, which is quite representative of the lack of means for the maintenance of our religious buildings, see for its architecture and inner clarity due to the immense stained glass windows
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For access to the best attractions in Blois, stay on the western bank of the river, where you can choose from a selection of mid-range hotels and bed and breakfasts, most housed in restored traditional buildings. Rue Jean Moulin, which runs between the historic center and the main train station, has the best range of options. If you have a car, you can rent a chateaux or consider other private accommodations that dot the countryside surrounding Blois.
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