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Château Royal de Blois, Blois

France 41000
Tel: 33 2 54 90 33 32's insider take:

All six kings of the 16th century spent time at Blois. In the early 17th century, the castle was given to Louis XIII's brother to keep him away from Paris. Consisting of four wings dating from four different periods, much of the château can be visited, from its oldest part, the 13th-century assembly hall, to the flamboyant Gothic east wing of Louis XII and the Italianate north wing of François I, where the pseudo-Renaissance interiors have just been painstakingly restored.

Open daily 9 am to 6 pm, late March through September, and 9 am to 12:30 pm and 2 to 5:30 pm, October through March.

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