Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Chateau de Blois

Continuam seria Castelele Loirei cu o vizita la Chateau de Blois, un minunat castel din departamentul Loir-et-Cher. Daca ajungeti pe Valea Loirei si ai timp sa vizitezi un singur castel, probabil ca pe acesta ar trebui sa il alege, chiar daca Chambord este mult mai mediatizat. Curtea sa interioara ofera o adevarata lectie de arhitectura, incepand cu Evul Mediu si terminand cu elemente specifice arhitecturii franceze de secol 17. 
Resedinta a 7 regi si 10 regine, Blois evoca viata cotidiana a Curtii regale si bogatia in care se lafaiau nobilii. Apartamentele regale decorate cu cele mai pretioase materiale s-au pastrat impecabil, permitand turistului sa-si imagineze cu usurinta viata in acele vremuri.

In 1845 a inceput restaurarea acestui castel si transformarea sa in muzeu. Colectia castelului numara peste 30 000 de exponate (mobilier, obiecte de decor, tablouri si tapiserii rare), o parte din ele fiind expuse in Apartamentele regale situate in aripa Francois I, iar altele in Muzeul de Arte Frumoase instalat in aripa Louis al XII-lea. Restul sunt prezentate in expozitii temporare.

Construit pentru prima data in secolul IX, castelul a ramas pentru aproape 300 de ani in proprietatea contilor de Blois. In 1230, intregul domeniu intra in posesia familiei Chatillon, care transforma castelul in cel mai frumos din regat, dupa spusele cronicarilor vremii. In 1391, domeniul ii este vandut ducelui Louis d'Orleans, care il transforma intr-o solida baza strategica, menita sa confere refugiu si protectie in caz de nevoie. Fiul sau, Charles, va prelua mostenirea si va deschide portile castelului pentru manifestari cultural-artistice, printre invitati numarandu-se si Francois Villon.

Deoarece Charles al VIII, a murit fara urmasi, fiul lui Charles de Blois, Louis, devine rege al Frantei, cunoscut drept Louis al XII-lea si aduce constructori renumiti sa transforme castelul Blois intr-o resedinta demna de un rege. Fara un ego supradimensionat si cu o dragoste reala fata de arta si frumos, Louis al XII-lea sustine material constructia unuia dintre cele mai frumoase castele ale Frantei. Succesorii sai i-au continuat munca, lasandu-si fiecare amprenta asupra constructiei, dar fara a o transforma intr-un talmes-balmes de idei, desi arhitectura castelului imprumuta elemente din mai multe stiluri.

Castelul poate fi vizitat tot timpul anului, mai putin pe 25 decembrie si pe 1 ianuarie. Date despre orele de vizita, tarife si tururi organizate gasesti aici.
 Daca mergi din aprilie pana in septembrie, poti asista la un spectacol "Son et lumiere", care readuce castelul la viata printr-o explozie de lumini si sunete.
Fotografiile sunt de pe wikicommons.
Sper ca ti-a placut acest articol despre castel si te astept si miercurea viitoare, cu o alta propunere de pe Valea Loirei.


  1. Dupa 10 ani, peste 3 luni ma duc din nou pe Valea Loirei. Am fost prima data la Blois dar nu m-a impresionat atat de mult precum Chenonceaux si Chambord, mai ales cel din urma. Sunt extraordinare. Anul asta vreau sa ajung si la Chaumont si voi mai da tarcoale si Castelului Amboise. :) Sper sa am vreme buna.

  2. Alexandra,poate ne intalnim pe valea Loirei. Sper sa ajung si eu la vara, dar deocamdata nu am un plan concret. Astept sa termin seria de articole ca sa aleg vreo 4-5 castele pe care sa le includ in tur. :)

  3. Un castel incarcat de istorie, interesant de vizitat.

  4. Cred ca e interesant de vazut atunci cand e si spectacolul de lumini.

  5. Asa este, Traveling Hawk.
    Alicee, cu siguranta e mult mai spectaculos cu spectacolul de lumini.

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