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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  • Were 3 days in Blois in July 2017. The Cathedral was hit with a second attempt. The first time came to him in the evening-he has already been closed. The next day visited him-came to mass, played the organ. Sobro is quite large, it can be seen from afar.
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  • The Cathedral is very impressive with its Gothic style. The Interior is simple but very nice. Too bad the place surrounding isn't not pedestrian.
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  • Visit the beautiful Cathedral of Blois and the trades of art nearby, also the Loire district!
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