Le Medicis Hotel Blois

2 Allee Francois 1er, Route d'Angers, Blois, Loire Valley, 41000, France
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Eglise Saint-Nicolas, Main Entry, Blois, July 2008Eglise Saint-Nicolas, Main Entry, Blois, July 2008

Château Royal de Blois: The Ceilings, July 2008Château Royal de Blois: The Ceilings, July 2008

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Château Royal de Blois: The Chapel, Part I

by von.otter

“Blois, among all the other cities of the Loire, is the favorite with the tourist. Here one first meets a great chateau of state; and certainly the Château de Blois lives in one’s memory more than any other chateau in France.”
— from “Castles and Chateaux of Old Touraine” 1908, by Francis Miltoun

Tastes may have changed since Mr. Miltoun wrote his book in 1908. If this town and its castle are popular with tourists they were not visiting the day we did. Few were tourists at the château; that was a welcome relief from the crushing crowds at Château de Chenonceau.

The town of Saint-Calais takes its name from a French hermit Calais, who was the founder of the monastery of Anisole. King Childebert I granted him land, after a forest encounter while the king was hunting.

La chapelle de Saint-Calais was established by monks in the Middle Ages when the castle was still in the hands of le comte de Blois. These monks had fled Saint-Calais, a monastic market town not far from Blois to the northwest, bringing along the relics of their sainted founder.

La chapelle de Saint-Calais was rebuilt by Louis XII. In November 1508 it was consecrated by Antoine Dufour, bishop of Marseille and Queen Anne’s confessor.

Forming the end point of the southern arm of the Louis XII Wing, the present-day facade was created entirely by Félix Duban in the 19th century, when this French architect carried out extensive renovations to the whole castle. The chapel’s nave was destroyed when Gaston d’Orléans’s Wing was built; only the choir remains.

Above the entry door, Duban has recreated the L, for Louis XII, the A, for Anne de Britagne (see photos #3 & #4). Next to the L is a shield with the royal fleur-de-lys; and next to the A is a shield with ermine tails, Anne’s emblem.

The Displays of Fine Antique Objects

by hquittner

When we return to the lower floor we can see the fine accessories that are on display before exiting through a passageway to the Salle des Etats General. There is an ancient harpsichord and a Spanish “Bargueno” ( a secretary cabinet) of the period as well as fine majolica and other ceramic ware. The other elaborately decorated doorway can also be examined.


by Helga67

This is the only room in the castle that has kept its original decoration, 237 carved panels. Four secretive cabinets are built within the walls. According to some, these were the cabinets where Catherine de Medici would have kept her poisons


by dromosapien


Porte de l’Eveche -exit

- gate of the bishop, exiting from the Hotel de Ville courtyard to the Cathedrale at Place Saint Louis



"Maison de la Magie"

- house of magic, Museum of the magician Jean Eugene Robert Houdin (1805-71)

opened : 1998
location: 1 place du Chateau

"Fontaine Louis XII"

- fountain Louis XII a.k.a. Fontaine de l’Arcis, of the 12th century

reconstructed: 1511
location: Place Louis XII, moved when the square was created in 1822

"Eglise Saint Vincent de Paul"

constructed: 1634-c.1660
architects: Pere Ange Etienne Martellange (c.1568-1641) & Frere Charles Turmel (1597-1675)
restored: 1847
architect: Jules de La Morandiere (1813-1905)

"Escalier Denis Papin"

- stairs named for steamworks inventor Denis Papin (1647-c.1712)

"Jeanne d'Arc"

- Joan of Arc statue, a monument to WWI, identical statues are in New York, San Francisco, Gloucester MA and Quebec.

created: 1921
artist: Anna Vaughn Hyatt Huntington (1876-1973) US
location: Terraces de l'Eveche

"Gare de Blois"

- train station

constructed: 1890-93, replaced an 1847 station
location: 70 Boulevard Daniel Dupuis


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Address: 2 Allee Francois 1er, Route d'Angers, Blois, Loire Valley, 41000, France