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Blois

 

Blois is a French commune, capital of the department of Loir-et-Cher in the Center-Val de Loire region. Blois is also the most populous municipality in the department.

In the 2014 census, the town had 46,351 inhabitants. The urban community of Blois has approximately 104,604 inhabitants and the urban area of Blois has 125,994 inhabitants, making it the 66th largest in France. It is the first town in the department of Loir-et-Cher and the fourth in the Center region behind Tours, the regional capital of Orleans and Bourges, and ahead of Châteauroux and Chartres.

Its inhabitants are called the Blésois.

It was under Louis XII, and for about a century, a royal residence. The city has an important cultural heritage with its castle, the Saint-Louis cathedral and two important churches.

 

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Château de Blois/ Blois Castle
The royal castle of Blois, located in the department of Loir-et-Cher, is one of the castles of the Loire. It was the favorite residence of the kings of France during the Renaissance. Located in the heart of the city of Blois, on the right bank of the Loire, the royal castle of Blois brings together around a same courtyard a panorama of French architecture from the Middle Ages to the classical period which makes it a key building for understanding the evolution of architecture over the centuries. The restored royal apartments are furnished and adorned with nineteenth-century polychrome decorations, created by Félix Duban in the tradition of the contemporary restorers of Viollet-le-Duc.

 

Saint-Louis Cathedral of Blois
The Saint-Louis de Blois Cathedral is a Roman Catholic cathedral, located in Blois in the Loir-et-Cher department. It has been classified as a historical monument since August 9, 1906. It is the seat of the bishopric of Blois, erected in 1697 by a bull from Pope Innocent XII. The territory of the diocese of Blois was taken from that of Chartres.


House of magic
The Maison de la Magie Robert-Houdin, is a museum specializing in illusion and conjuring located in Blois in the department of Loir-et-Cher in the Center-Val de Loire region. The museum has the Musée de France label and pays homage to Jean-Eugène Robert-Houdin, a French illusionist born in Blois at the beginning of the 19th century.

The Robert-Houdin House of Magic was inaugurated in 1998; the museum showcases the life and multiple works of Jean-Eugène Robert-Houdin, famous illusionist, inventor, watchmaker and constructor of French automata born in Blois under the First Empire in 1805.

The city of Blois bought the Maison Massé, a large bourgeois house built in 1856 and located opposite the castle, to present the private collection of the illusionist given to the city in 1981 by Paul Robert Houdin, his grandson, who had opened a private museum there. This collection is gradually enriched.

Magical art collections and posters provide insight into the history of magic.

The museum is certified Musée de France; it is the only public museum in Europe to present in the same place collections of magic and a permanent live show.

Every half hour, the facade of the house overlooking the square of the castle of Blois comes alive with dragons emerging from the windows.

The museum is located in the city center of Blois, at 1 Place du Château.