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Chateau de Bloistourist information guide
Address: Place du Château, Blois, 41000
Tel: +33 (0)2 54 90 33 33
Opening Times: Closed on 25th Dec and 1st Jan | Admission Charge
Blois is almost like four separate chateaux rolled into one - so diverse are the architectural styles at play here.
The Medieval heart is centred around the Salle des Etats Generaux which is where the court and council were based. Flamboyant Gothic flair is evident in the Louis XII wing whereas Renaissance architecture is the dominant style in the Francois 1 wing.
It is in the Francois 1 wing that you'll find Catherine de Medici's private rooms complete with array of poisons. This was also the spot where the Duc de Guise was brutally murdered in 1588 after he was thought to be planning a Catholic uprising against Henri III. Apparently, it was Henri who carried out the deed himself only to be murdered himself a year later by a monk.
Lastly, the Gaston d'Orleans wing will satisfy any cravings for Classical architecture. Evenings are a particularly good time to visit Blois especially if you book to see the 'son et lumiere' shows that recount the chateau's turbulent past.
You'll also want to check out the 'Maison de la Magie' opposite the chateau with its magic shows and displays of clocks created by Robert-Houdin who inspired the great Houdini himself. Note the similarity in name!
Getting Here: Blois is situated 20 minutes away from Chambord and
50 minutes from Tours and Orleans or 1H30 from Paris.