Chateau Royal de Blois, Blois

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Must see · Castle · Hidden Gem · Historic Site
With several wings to explore, Chateau Royal de Blois is sure to peek your curiosity about everything from archaeological texts from the Middle Ages to the massive collection of restored murals. Discover French architecture from the Middle Ages to the 17th century, then visit the chamber of secrets, whispered to be Catherine de Médici's secret hiding place for poisons.

As the residence of several French kings, in 1429, the Archbishop of Reims blessed Joan of Arc before she departed with her army to drive the English from Orléans. Your visit is complete with an audio tour, in English available for download to your mp3 player, of the on-site Museum of Fine Arts. It is located in the royal apartments of François I and the Louis XII wing and contains more than 30,000 works. Plan to see Chateau Royal de Blois and other attractions that appeal to you using our Blois vacation planner.
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  • I can’t remember enjoying a chateau as much as this one. It’s three in one as the different wings are from different kings and all are perfect examples. State rooms have been restored and the...  more »
  • Did not have time to go everywhere. The main courtyard is very impressive. For me the best bit was the entrance tower and gateway. The main chateau square is also pretty remarkable set high on the...  more »
  • I'd call it a Royal palace and less of a castle, but that's me. We didn't go in because we had already seen a few other castles in the area but if you haven't seen any already it's definitely worth the look. The house of magic on the other side of the courtyard was really cool with the dragons that pop out. We were completely surprised by the show!
  • Impressive inside. The tour is very well organized. It gives a good historical context and explains the main events that happened in the castle. You feel that you are just allowed to visit a small part as the building is huge!

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