Royal Château of Blois

  • Distance: 36 km

More than thousand years of history...

A residence for the Counts of Blois, the Dukes of Orleans, the Kings and Queens of France, and several princes in exile, the Royal Château of Blois is haunted by the memory of all the illustrious hosts lived here. Beginning with Louis XII, who was born in Blois in 1462, the château became the favorite residence of the kings of France for more than a century.

Residence of seven kings and ten queens of France, the Royal Château of Blois is a place that evokes the power of daily life in a Renaissance court. This is evident from the royal apartments that are furnished and embellished with magnificent polychrome decorations

Its architectural wealth is an echo of the diversity of all of the different châteaux built in the Loire Valley from the Middle Ages to the 17th century, with its wings built in four different styles. Around the courtyard, dominated by the majestic François I Staircase, a whole range of French architecture is represented, from Gothic and Renaissance styles to Classicism.

The Royal Château of Blois, with the Museum of France label, is rich with more than 35,000 works of art. These are presented in part in the Royal apartments in the François I wing, the Fine Arts Museum housed in the Louis XII wing, and also in temporary exhibitions

 

Events

Sound and light Show

Voices of Robert Hossein, Pierre Arditi, Fabrice Luchini - Script written by the historian Alain Decaux - Original musical score by Eric Demarsan - Stage production by André Blanc

Every night: Easter weekend March 30th and 31st, April 1st and from April 6th to September 2nd 2013 (except June 21st and July 13th)