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Chateau Royal de Blois, Blois

Categories: Castles, Historic Sites, Tourist Spots
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With several wings to explore, Chateau Royal de Blois is sure to peek your curiosity about everything from archaeological texts from the Middle Ages to the massive collection of restored murals. Discover French architecture from the Middle Ages to the 17th century, then visit the chamber of secrets, whispered to be Catherine de Médici's secret hiding place for poisons.

As the residence of several French kings, in 1429, the Archbishop of Reims blessed Joan of Arc before she departed with her army to drive the English from Orléans. Your visit is complete with an audio tour, in English available for download to your mp3 player, of the on-site Museum of Fine Arts. It is located in the royal apartments of François I and the Louis XII wing and contains more than 30,000 works. To visit Chateau Royal de Blois on your trip to Blois, use our Blois itinerary maker.
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  • I wish that one wing is available and still not completely (we were there the weekend of the date with history) it's a little frustrating. The home is also not particularly warm
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  • It's just the history of the Castle, son et lumiere are another thing. Standing a show that isn't worth the ticket money.
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  • 4 castles for the price of one! This is what you offers the city of Blois, with in was a superb sounds and lights at very reasonable price.
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  • Blois is a beautifully built castle, the octagonal staircase is spectacular and there is a mixture of architectural styles from the 13th - 17th century (+16th - 19th century interiors) worth seeing - this was after all an early rival of the Louvre. However it is let down by the curation. The layout of the visit is unnecessarily complicated, and it was easy to miss parts due to doubling back and crossed paths. The interiors are generally sparsely furnished or given over to exhibits, making interpreting the rooms difficult (unlike say Azay-le-Rideau where they have recreated periods down to the rush walls and hangings). The 18th century wing, used for lectures, is as much an afterthought in the tour as in architecture. Quick fix: add a simple floor by floor map at the start of the brochure instead of the dot-to-dot guide. Likewise fix the audioguide, which is substandard, compared to others like at Chaumont. Longer term - rethink the whole experience.
  • Lovely and free for locals. The light show is amazing! Always take the light show, you won't regret it.
  • The light shore at night time was really good. Didn't start until late though
  • I love Blois. The dragons that come out are very fun and quite the experience for a tourist.
  • It was a bit disappointing since the Francois part was underwhelming after visiting the Chambord. Most of the other parts were closed and the gift shop wasn't the best. Overall, it looked much better than it actually was too restored for my taste. You're better off going to the magic museum.
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