A fortified stronghold existed here in the 12th century, but Blois rose to fame
when Louis XII established his court here in 1498.
The town played an important role in the history of France for the next 100
years. The chateau was home to the royal court of Louis Xll and Henry lll.
After the death of Henry lll the Loire suffered forty years of warfare when his
son's widow, Catherine de Medicis, could not persuade the Catholics led by the
Guise family to live in peace with the Protestants during the reign of her sons
Charles IX and Henry lll.
The episode culminated with the stabbing of the Duc de Guise on the orders of
Henry III in the kings own bedroom. This marked the decline of the importance of
The chateau is famous for its wonderful outside stone staircase, which dates
from the time of Francois Premier.
The chateau has been the scene of major restorations lasting nearly fifteen
years and can now be seen in all its splendor
It is also worth crossing the river to get a complete view of the town.
The town of Blois is one of the most stylish towns in France with plenty of fine
restaurants with tables adjoining the street.
In the Place du Chateau, opposite the chateau are the home and museum of the
Magic Circle Of France. It is well worth a visit and on the hour an animated
duel takes place between Gold salamander
The Cathedral of St Louis stands high above the river, most of the original
building was destroyed by a hurricane in 1678, and was rebuilt by Louis XlV.
There is also a fine museum to the French Resistance in the town with many rare