(Although, technically, the incredible Castle at Blois is brought to you first by the Counts of Blois (from the 10th to the 13th centuries), then by Kings Louis XII and his Queen, Anne; François I; Henri III; Henri IV; Louis XIII and finally his brother, Gaston d'Orléans. As country retreats go, it's not too shabby at all...)
The building itself can be divided into four main sections, the first being the Louis XII wing, the exterior of which is shown above. Now, as you can probably imagine, I have many, MANY photos of this place. The formation and stone-work especially has me drooling in architectronical* delight!
Above the main entrance-way you find an equestrian statue of Louis XII in full battle armour. The original was sadly destroyed in the Revolution, but there's the magnificent copy from 1857 to gaze at in its place.
|louis xii in ceremonial armour|
|unfinished classical wing of gaston d'orléans with françois i wing to the right|
*architechtronical - pertaining to anything related to architecture that that can reduce the beholder to embarrassingly public shows of emotion. (The RedScot Dictionary of Made-Up Words OUP 2018)