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  • 1 Château Royal de Blois Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    6 place du Château

    The plot against Gaston d'Orléans, escape of Marie de Médicis, assassination of the Duke of Guise; such are the episodes making up the legendary history of this fabulous castle blending Flamboyant Gothic and Italian Renaissance in a classical style, ..

  • 2 Musée des Beaux-Arts de Blois Interesting

    Museums and art

    1 pl. du Château

    In the Louis-XII wing, you will see a fine collection of 16C and 17C tapestries, a series of fifty terracotta medallions by Jean-Baptiste Nini . Those who are keen on history will be able to admire, in the appartements of the François I er wing, the ..

  • 3 Fondation du Doute Interesting

    Museums and art

    14 rue de la Paix

    Less a museum, more a living, breathing art space that questions what it was its founders wanted to create in the former Couvent des Minimes. Faithful to the Fluxus spirit ("flux, flow" in Latin) since the 1960s the most important thing abo..

  • 4 Houdini's House of Magic Interesting

    Museums and art

    1 place du Château

    This 19C residence tells the story of Robert Houdin (Houdini), the famous Blois magician and escapologist, who also inspired numerous comic-strip creators. Visitors will enter a world of illusion, in the footsteps of the great magicians, and then dis..

  • 5 Church of St Nicolas Interesting

    Religious buildings

    Rue Trouessard

    Fine 12C-13C Romanesque church. Note the historiated capitals in the ambulatory's radiating chapels.

  • 6 Jardin des Simples et des Fleurs Royales

    Nature and gardens

    place Victor-Hugo

    Overlooking place Victor Hugo, these vestiges of the castle gardens offer an exceptional view of the city and castle.

  • 7 Anne de Bretagne Pavilion

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    3 av. Jean-Laigret

    Decorated with a stone balustrade, carved with the initials of Louis XII and Anne de Bretagne, it houses the tourist office.

  • 8 Church of St Vincent

    Religious buildings

    pl. Victor-Hugo

    The art of contrast: opposite the castle's façades des Loges, a 17C, Jesuit style church.

  • 9 Convent of the Jacobins

    Religious buildings

    r. Anne-de-Bretagne

    Home to the musée d'Art religieux and Muséum d'histoire naturelle (museums of religious art and natural history).

  • 10 Hôtel de la Chancellerie

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    r. du Lion-Ferré

    Don't forget to have a look inside the courtyard of this vast late-16C residence to admire its superb staircase.

  • 11 Beauvoir Tower

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Rue des Cordeliers

    The remains of an old fortified castle, this square 12C keep was subsequently incorporated into the city's defences.

  • 12 Rue Beauvoir

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    r. Beauvoir

    Flanked by old half-timbered houses at n°19 in this street is a fine 15C stone house.

  • 13 Cathedral of St Louis

    Religious buildings

    pl. St-Louis

    It was devastated by a hurricane in 1678. Fortunately, Colbert's wife was from Blois and the Minister had it rebuilt in a heavy, Gothic style. Since the end of 2000, the cathedral has been literally illuminated by the stained-glass windows, verging o..

  • 14 Denis-Papin House

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    r. Pierre-de-Blois

    A Gothic style house (also called the «hôtel de Villebresme») which spans rue Pierre-de-Blois by a small half-timbered bridge. Did Denis Papin really live here? That is not important, the point is he could have lived here.

  • 15 Hôtel d'Alluye

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    8 r. St-Honoré

    A façade with beautiful Gothic-Renaissance sculptures and fine italianate galleries in the courtyard.

  • 16 Denis Papin Steps

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    r. Denis-Papin

    Offering a view southwards, the steps are a memorial to the inventor of the steam engine Denis Papin, who lived in Blois (statue).

  • 17 Maison des Acrobates

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    3 pl. St-Louis

    Jugglers, acrobats and street entertainers of all kinds are carved on the half-timbered façade of this medieval house, with corbelled upper storeys.

  • 18 Town Hall and Bishop's Gardens

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    pl. St-Louis

    The town hall is located in the old bishop's residence, built in the 18C by Jacques-Jules Gabriel, whose son created place de la Concorde in Paris. Its terraced gardens overlook the River Loire; a fine view over the river and city rooftops.

  • 19 Rue du Puits-Châtel

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    r. du Puits-Châtel

    A stroll down this street is a must. Visitors should also have a glance into the inner courtyards: the house at n°3 has an external staircase with a half-timbered balcony, note the stone tower staircase at n°5 and the courtyard of the Sardini residen..

  • 20 Religious Art Museum

    Museums and art

    Rue Anne-de-Bretagne

    Located in the Convent of the Jacobins; a fine collection of liturgical objects.

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