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Chateau Royal de Blois, Blois
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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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  • interesting all you need is the outside architecture in snail-shaped staircase is not as nice, more of the same of the other castles
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  • In my opinion the Loire region has three essential castles, I have visited six times: Chambord, Chenonceau and Blois. The Royal Castle of Blois (inhabited by Luis XII, Francisco I and Enrique III, among others) has suffered many vicissitudes and a large number of modifications in its structure, to take the final current form after the disappearance of the last major owner, Gaston of Orleans. Every great dweller has left their mark on the architecture of the Castle. Juana's bow, that not lived in Blois, was blessed in the chapel of the Castle before its split to fight with them English. One of those events more important that came to pass in the castle was the assassination of the Duke of stew. In the context of the war of the religions, the Duke was one of the most important representatives of a rival religious faction of the King Enrique III. While the mother of the King, Catherine de Médicis, advised his son appease violent religious rivalries, this recklessly disregarded his advice. Henry III summoned the Duke de Guise Blois Castle to a so-called Royal Council meeting (actually it was an ambush). When the Duke was in a room of the Castle hoping to be received in audience by the King, he was attacked and killed by the Royal Guard at the behest of Enrique III. Apparently, the King, to the view of the body inert of the Duke, said that seemed more large dead and lying that live. This scene is represented and described in several paintings of wing Francisco I Castle. The King himself was assassinated by a monk six months later. I recommend guided tour without extra charge in any of the languages available. In this guided tour in some detail the story of the Castle and its most illustrious inhabitants, describes the four wings of the Castle and a special emphasis on Luis XIII wing and wing Francisco I and its exterior spiral staircase. Optional visit of the exhibitions, which is included in the price, is borne by the visitor. In summer, it is highly recommended to attend the night performance of image and sound, that means a surcharge of only € 5 if it is combined with the normal entrance to the Castle. The audience sits on the floor in the courtyard of the Castle (some forward-looking people carry a kind of Chair detachable tripod), and see how the show images are projected on first in one of the different walls of the Castle, then on another, then on several walls at the same time. In the show, which lasts about 40 minutes, he speaks of Juana de Arco, Luis XII, Francisco I, Enrique III and Catherine de Medicis, and the murder of the Duke of guise. It is a beautiful and highly successful show (a very big bravo). I recommend headphones carry pocket to use the audioguide (even if you want to hear the original representation in French), since the sound quality of the audio is better than the speakers of the Castle (which, in any case, it is not bad). A show not to miss. In short, an indispensable Castle.
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  • Good visit one hour 30 tour with a guide at the top. With clear and precise explanations.
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  • The town is nice, there is a good view on the roofs of old town from the walls of the castle. The castle is a combination of several architectural styles. Exterior is more interesting than interior. Lots of bedrooms with beds, chimneys and tapestries. Rather boring. The house of magic is interesting.
  • The chateau is right in the center of Blois, only a 7 minute walk from the train station, which is good and bad. Bad because it's hard to get a good view of its exterior from different angles. Good because Blois is a good base for visiting several other castles. Every Wednesday, Saturday, Sunday there is a "castle loop line" bus that starts from the train station, and stops at four castles and one camp site: Blois, Chambord, Bracieux (camp site, no castle), Cheverny, and Beauregard. With good planning the four castles can be visited in one day, with about 2 hours at each one.
  • Lovely and free for locals. The light show is amazing! Always take the light show, you won't regret it.
  • Loved the castle. It is special with the different architecture for each wing and its beautiful stairs
  • This is the first castle tht we visited along the river. The castle itself is in good condition with many historical items keep inside.