Visiting Château Royal de Blois
Château Royal de Blois. Photo by Tango 7174.
Château de Blois, set in pleasant Blois old town is a Loire Valley curiosity as it is built in four distinctly different and evolving French architectural styles ranging from the oldest, 13th century Gothic (small white section behind the tree), to Flamboyant (1498 AD, red brick), to Renaissance (1515 AD, ornate white section with staircase, then home to Francois I) and finally the newest, least attractive and partially unfinished French Classical lump (1635 AD, far left), similar to many Parisian buildings.
This château is not one of the big names but it offers unique architecture and detailing, interesting rooms, a huge collection of art works and – best of all – free and fascinating multi-lingual talks in the central courtyard.
The main entrance to the Château de Blois, opposite the House of Magic.
King Francis I riding above his personal symbol, a mythical spine-firing porcupine.