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“Panorama of French Architecture”

Chateau Royal de Blois
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$1,367.97*
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Loire Valley Castles Private Day Trip from Paris
Ranked #1 of 45 things to do in Blois
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The Royal Chateau of Blois is your gateway into the Val de Loire. The Royal Chateau of Blois is the first important place to discover as you come from Paris. It is a true synthesis of the art and history of the Loire Valley chateaux, and makes it an ideal introduction for your visit.The rich architecture of the four different wings echoes the diversity of styles of the many chateaux built in the Loire Valley from the Middle Ages to the 17th Century.
Useful Information: Stroller parking, Bathroom facilities, Lockers / storage, Activities for young children
Reviewed February 23, 2014

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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Reviewed January 8, 2014

A compendium of French architecture from the late middle ages to the sublime 17 c classicism of Mansart's Gaston d'Orleans wing which is the outstanding element. The pre-17c parts are sadly largely 19 c restorations and have a certain mechanistic and over-perfect spirit to them.

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Reviewed January 3, 2014

Great chateau to visit which represents a range of time periods -Not as intact as some others, but definitely worth a visit to see the medieval hall, staircases and renaissance sections.The nearby churches (5-10 minutes walk) are also worth a visit as is the old town

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Reviewed December 11, 2013

The development history of the castle is interesting but not presented well. We found the staff only half interested and the self walking tour a little difficult to follow. We would have preferred more information on the original castle leading to the further developments.

Thank Jeff R
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Reviewed December 9, 2013

After seeing Fontainbleau the previous day it was always going to be a let down. However, not so. We really enjoyed spending an hour wandering thru. It is not as polished a presentation as Fontainbleau but offers a differnt perspective. Highly recommend.

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