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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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  • Really immense and beautiful cathedral! It over looks the city and is one of the most impressive I've ever visited. Those who search for history and culture just simply need to pay this place a visit....  more »
  • The cathedral is late Gothic (end of the 17th century), it has suffered "vicicitutes" of time (oragan, destruction, etc ...), Colbert decided its reconstruction and it changed of patron saint passing ...  more »
  • This is not one of the most impressive cathedrals in France but it is all Blois has to offer so spend a few hours and visit this remarkable building. Late Gothic, the church as had a long and difficul...  more »
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  • A nice church to walk through, although nothing about it really sets it apart from most of the others in France, so while pretty, definitely not worth a special trip.
  • Beautiful old town of Blois!
  • The cathedral was cool calm
  • Fantastic cathedral. Very quiet inside, no crowds. You can even go down to the crypt to look around. Full name is Cathedrale Saint-Louis and it was around since the 10th century. Pretty amazing that it is still in wonderful shape.
  • A pretty Cathedral in the center of France, to visit :)
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