The Royal Château de Blois

18 12 2012
From this angle it may look like a very big house, but

From this angle it may look like an ordinary big house, but the four buildings around the courtyard show for big periods of architecture. There is a Gothic Medieval fortress (right), the Flamboyant Luis XII wing (left), the Francois I Renaissance wing, and the Gasoton d’Orleans Classicism wing.

The château was the home of 7 Kings and 10 Queens. Among these renowned figures are several counts of Blois who led the Crusades and the prince poet Charles d’Orléans. In 1429, Joan of Arc came in the château to have her banner blessed.

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. Blois was the first construction undertaken by François I and his successors often resided here. François II spent half of his brief reign at the château and Henri III twice summoned the Estates General of the kingdom here in an attempt to end the Wars of Religion (1576 and 1588) twice.

It was for this occasion that the château of Blois became the setting for the assassination of the Duke of Guise, ordered by the king on December 23, 1588. Catherine de Medicis often resided here before dying in her apartments at Blois.

If you want to see the inside… you’d have to go for yourself! And it is very worth the visit.

Just like the Queens of old time, just with a more funky haircut!

Just like the Queens of old time, just with a more funky haircut!

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