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Château de Blois

Listed under Castles in Loire Valley, France.

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The Château de Blois is where Joan of Arc was blessed by the Archbishop of Reims before she set out with her army to fight the British in Orleans. It's also been the home of several kings and a favourite palace of King Louis XII. Unfortunately by the time the Revolution came around the Gothic palace hadn't been refurbished for more than 130 years – so though it was looking a bit shabby it was still a target for demolition as a royal favourite. But it was saved by its location close to the centre of town, and the way it was constructed around a central courtyard – features that made it very suitable for use as a military barracks. It was ransacked before though, so the chateaux's insides are accumulated museum pieces rather than an genuine inventory – but it's been nicely refurbished since.

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