Residence of 7 Kings and 10 Queens of France (including Mary Stuart-Queen of Scots). Joan of Arc was also blessed here by Archibishop of Reims in 1429. Château Royal de Blois is a must in Loire Valley. 4 different styles around a single courtyard: Gothic (13th c.Medieval fortress), Flamboyant (The Louis XII wing), Renaissance ( The Francis 1st wing) and Classic (The Gaston d'Orléans wing). The State Hall is the largest and oldest Gothic Hall in France. 564 rooms (100 bedrooms) heavily decorated and 75 staircases. The Monumental Spiral Staircase of the Francis 1st wing is covered with bas-relief sculptures. The back side of the Louis XII wing is called Façade of the Loges and consists of disconnected niches.
The Château is in a walking distance from the rail station and has lockers, so you may leave there whatever makes your visit uncomfortable or even your luggage (as we did). The information leaflets have all the details you need in different languages and if you follow their guidance you'll miss nothing. In the State Hall there is detailed information about the building of the 4 wings on special panels and touching the surface you may see the progress of the work and concentrate in your interests. In the Architecture Rooms there are pieces of decoration and with slides next to them, you find out where they belonged in the past.The Saint-Calais Chapel has stained glass windows by Max Ingrand and if you climb on the Foix Tower you'll enjoy the view over Blois and Loire River. The Château's shop is quite big and interesting. In July and Auigust there is a Restaurant inside the Château but all the year round you may go to the Brasserie Le Marignan (delicious waffles!!!) just outside the entrance, where you may enjoy free the show of Maison de la Magie.
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