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Blois is a beautiful city that you should visit as long as you are in France. It is located in the Blois intercommunality, Blois arrondissement, Loir-et-Cher department in the central area of France. The city has a population of about 48,000 residents living an an area of 37 square kilometers, at an altitude of approximately 73 meters. Blois is the capital of the department and is situated on the Loire River. Blois was first mentioned in documents in the 6th century, but in the 9th it was already a notable city and was named in Latin Blesum Castrum, meaning Fortress of Blois. For Joan of Arc, Blois was her base when she fought for the relief of Orleans. Notable locals include photographer Claudine Doury and magician Jean Eugene Robert-Houdin.

Top Attractions within Blois

Chateau de Blois, translated as Castle of Blois is located in the city center. This was the residence of several kings and this is also the place where Joan of Arc went to be blessed before conquering Orleans. The buildings of the castle were raised since the 13th to the 17th century. The impressive building has 564 rooms and 100 bedrooms. Since 1841, the castle is a historic monument and can be visited.

La Maison de la Magie Robert-Houdin or The Robert-Houdin House of Magic is located downtown Blois and is a museum of France. This is the only public European museum where collections of magic objects can be admired and in which such arts are performed. The museum is dedicated to the French illusionist that is a native of Blois. You can visit it at 1 bis Place du Chateau.

Le Castelet is an upscale restaurant located in the heart of Blois, near the castle. This fine eatery is located in a mansion raised in the 16th century. The menu is inspired by the local and by the regional cuisine and if you have not tasted any dishes like these yet, you will be delighted.