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Chateau Royal de Blois, Blois

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Castle Historic Site
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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  • This is one of the oldest chateau in Loire valley, although parts of it was rebuild later. One of the most historically interested. don't miss it.  more »
  • Visited here twice in one day: a normal visit and then the Son et Lumiere. Spent hours visiting the various parts of the chateau that are open and learned loads. Had a very late lunch. The evening was...  more »
  • This château is a lovely family visit. The views of Blois from the viewpoint of the wall. The intricate stairs are gorgeous & it's so unique in how it's embedded in the heart of the city.  more »
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  • Greatly surprised by how beautiful and historically rich the place is. It feels like a time travel throughout the French XV-XVIII centuries. Reccomended for art history amateurs.
  • It was worthwhile stopping by. Although the castle was small, it has so many interesting architectual findings. Also, it has a great access from the Blois station so you can visit here time-efficiently.
  • Quite big so allow a couple hours to walk round. Nice cafe for refreshments
  • It's fine but i hate castles I think they are very bad
  • very interesting architecture mixing gothic and renaissance styles. Worth seeing