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Museum of fine arts of Blois: photo description (Musee des beaux-arts de Blois)

Museum of fine arts is situated in the Blois castle and is adjacent there is another Museum - archeological. In the Museum you can see works of decorative-applied art, a collection of portrait painting and sculpture - in particular, the portrait of the poet Pierre de Ronsard and busts of Royal personages. In addition to the inspection of Museum exhibits, is to become better acquainted with the castle itself.

Chateau du Blois is situated on the high Bank of the river Loire, almost in the center of the city. He is one of the most popular attractions of Blois and included in the list of world heritage of UNESCO. The first mention of this castle was discovered in documents Dating from the IX century. The history of this building is associated with the first persons of the French middle Ages: its walls saw Catherine de ' Medici, Louis XII and Francis I.

With the middle of the X century to the XV century, the castle and the whole city belonged to the names of Blois, and then was purchased by Louis of Orleans. In the late fifteenth century, his grandson, born in the castle of Blois, became king of France and moved the capital to his small home. This period becomes a time of prosperity for the whole of Blois and the castle was transformed from an obscure fortress into a luxurious Royal residence of Louis XII. In this time was built a new building of the castle, decorated with large Windows, balconies and galleries, a chapel, and at the entrance to the castle was installed a sculpture of the king.

In the beginning of XVI century in the next reign of Francis I near the castle was built well-known on the works of Dumas Chateau d'if, which has become perhaps the most feared prison in Europe. For himself Francis I built another wing in the Renaissance style. After the death of his wife and defeat at the battle of Pavia in 1524-1525 years the king has left the castle, and from this point it gradually began to decline. The period of desolation was continued almost to the end of the XVIII century. Louis XVI even decided to sell it, and in case of absence of buyers - to destroy. The castle was not sold, but not demolished, but turned into a barracks.

To date, the castle, with some losses survived the French revolution, was restored. In the castle, besides the study of architectural features, we can estimate the luxury in which they lived kings presents tapestries and furniture made of expensive wood, paintings and household items. In addition to the museums, the castle hosts the city library and two concert halls.