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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  • August 7, 2017
    Beautiful building that has been marked by history. I advise you to stop a few moments and also go around the garden of the former bishopric located in his back.
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  • August 3, 2017
    One of our stops on the route of the castles of the Loire Valley was visiting Blois. We made a visit by the city uploaded in a carriage pulled by horses, my 3 year old daughter made her very excited. It was very nice. The city is beautiful.
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  • July 21, 2017
    Beautiful edifice, somewhat disappointed by the windows side, too modern. The heart of the Church is very beautiful. Not much to say, it's part visits recommended by O.T. nothing extraordinary.
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  • March 18, 2017
    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.
  • March 16, 2017
    Beautiful old town of Blois!
  • July 30, 2016
    The cathedral was cool calm
  • February 17, 2014
    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.
  • May 31, 2017
    A pretty Cathedral in the center of France, to visit :)
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