Hôtel de Ville

Hôtel de Ville, Blois: Address, Phone Number, Hôtel de Ville Reviews: 4/5

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Peter L
London, UK229 contributions
Worth a walk round
Sep 2018 • Couples
The old town is very pretty and well worth a walk around. The main square is charming and the chateau full of history.
Written 25 September 2018
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KTGP
Adelaide, Australia5,900 contributions
EPISCOPAL PALACE NOW CITY HALL
Apr 2018 • Couples
Hôtel de Ville built 18th century, is the former Episcopal Palace and is perched up high behind the Cathedral. Jacques Gabriel is believed to have been the architect, he also built Pont Jacques Gabriel in Blois. His son was Ange-Jacques Gabriel, also an architect whose achievements included, Place de la Concorde, Ecole Militaire (both Paris) and Petit Trianon (Versailles Palace). The construction of the Episcopal Palace wasn’t without its challenges, many streets were blocked or demolished, some of these roads linked the upper and lower towns. Numerous houses were destroyed and parts of the city walls were opened up. The first Bishop of Blois, David Nicolas Bertier moved into his new chunk of prime real estate, in 1704. With the Separation of Church and State Law in 1905, the Palace was used as a museum, then a military hospital during WWI. In the June 1940 bombings, the City Town Hall was destroyed, it was sometime after this the Palace became the new Hôtel de ville de Blois.

The walk up to Hôtel de Ville is lovely with winding streets. The building opens onto the terrace of Les Jardins de l’Ancien Eveche, an open space overlooking the Loire River, where there is a great photo opportunity for Pont Jacques Gabriel, a 1921 Joan of Arc statue is also on the terrace. This area was the bishop’s garden which was opened up as a public walk, in the late 18th century.
Written 10 August 2018
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mpd
Boston, MA969 contributions
Beautiful building
Sep 2017 • Couples
This was originally built for the bishop centuries. Massive local stone building. Situated next to a lovely park and garden.
Written 20 September 2017
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