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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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  • 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 »
  • beautiful Cathedral we rest a little while in the great quiet organ I Council this visit
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  • Hence his name in appreciation... of a donation to rebuild a count of 1679. Late Gothic steeple renaissance dominating the Royal City. Ste Solenne crypt with tombs of the Bishops of the city a lot of stained-glass windows are made modern (destruction of the former during the war) all harmonious, luminous perfectly integrated has a preserved set, small square
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  • 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 church which impresses by its simplicity.
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