The three bays of its central forecourt display an overlapping of the Doric, Ionic and Corinthian orders, and its central pediment includes sculptures depicting Minerva and Mars. It makes no doubt that Blois Castle, organised around the main courtyard, is a fabulous palace with several wings totaling rooms and 75 staircases, bedrooms and a fireplace in each room!
In this wing, the architecture and ornamentation are marked by Italian influence. An equestrian statue of Louis XII dominates the entrance. A number of its elements — mouldings, trefoils, corbelling — are in line with the shift into Flamboyant Gothic architecture, while others — ornate columns, depressed arches, pillars decorated with arabesques — already reflect the Renaissance style.
He lived here with his first wife Claude who was said to be boss-eyed, stooped and overweight. During the French Revolution, it was saved from destruction only because it was handed over to the army.
Skulduggery, murder, drama and romance took place in bucket loads at this chateau — the audio guided tour explains all. Luckily, the medieval constructions of the Counts of Blois are visible today. Later on, he took part in the battle of Pavia in Italy and came back to Lorraine with the ideas of Renaissance.
At the beginning of the 16th century, King Louis XII initiated a reconstruction of the entry of the main block and the creation of an Italian garden in terraced parterres where Place Victor Hugo stands today. Thanks for visiting!
He intended to move the Court of France to the castle and so he needed to make his residence fit for a king. The poor girl gave birth to 7 children in 7 years and died aged