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April 24, 2008
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Trip thus far, one week in


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When we were in Chartres we had identified an "Escalier" but had not found it. This time we did find the "Denis Papin Escalier" and it turned out to be just more steps to climb!


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Denis Papin was a physicist who worked in exalted circles including Newton, Boyle, Liebniz and Huygens. As a Hguenot (a Protestant) he was increasingly hounded in 17th century France and spent most of his life in London and Germany


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Gotic covered passage on Rue Pierre de Blois near the cathedral


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The Cathedral Saint Louis in Blois. Previously the collegiate church Saint Solenne, the church was elevated to a cathedral in 1697 with a name change in 1704


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Extensive renovations are onging inside the curch


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The entire nave was blown down by a hurricane in 1678 and was rebuilt in Gothic style between 1680 and 1700


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The high altar


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Story book windows in the apse


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Lady chapel, added in 1860


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La Tour Beauvoir is another 12th century treasure last rebuilt in 1970. Prior to that it was rebuilt several times to fit into changing city defenses. It was used as a prison from the 14th century until 1944


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Our route back into the town center


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The Chateau Blois is actually a complex of buildings spread over a large area. The style morphed from a castle to a chateau as wings were added by successive generations


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Although Louis XII, Francois I, Henri III and Henri IV among other luminaries, lived here from the 13th to the 17th centuries, the place fell into disuse. During the revolution it was further trashed and only in 1841 did King Louis-Philippe classify it as a monument


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On Place Victor Hugo just outside of the chateau, stands Saint Vincents church


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The interior is clean and pleasantly decorated


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The high altar


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A side chapel


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Meandering down to the next feature


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Saint Nicholas church was a monastery church named Saint Laumer until the Benedictine order left. It was renamed in memory of a parish church that had burned down


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A grand if somewhat deteriorated interior


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The now little used pulpit


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Back down by the river on the Quai de Saussaye, the tower of Saint Saturnin can be seen on the left bank


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I just happened to mention that one day, the bridge, Pont Jacques Gabriel, might fall down and Marian promptly set up a disaster watch. Notice again how high and turbulent the Loire river is


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The cathedral Saint Louis seen from the bridge


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This is a Blois pussy cat
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