Blois

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October 20, 2021

Blois (pronounced / blwa /) is a French commune of 48,108 inhabitants, capital of the Loir-et-Cher department, in the Center-Val de Loire region. Its inhabitants are called Blésois / ble'zwa /.

History

Blois entered history around the year 1000 as a feudal center that belonged to the counts of Champagne and, subsequently, to those of Chatillon. The political and economic importance of the county of Blois materialized in the construction of the first bridge over the Loire, in the expansion of the city and the castle, destined to become one of the most important noble residences in France. In 1392 Guido di Chatillon decided to sell the city to Duke Louis d'Orléans, who was later assassinated in Paris by a Burgundian plot. Relegated to a peaceful provincial life, Blois suffered serious destruction during the bombings of 1940; the precious historical center was also devastated, but was carefully rebuilt after the end of the Second World War.

Administration

Cantons

Before the 2014 reform, the municipal area of ​​the city of Blois was divided into 5 cantons: Canton of Blois-1: includes part of the city of Blois and the municipalities of La Chaussée-Saint-Victor, Saint-Denis-sur-Loire, Villebarou and Villerbon. Canton of Blois-2: includes part of the city of Blois and the municipalities of Cellettes, Chailles and Saint-Gervais-la-Forêt. Canton of Blois-3: includes part of the city of Blois. Canton of Blois-4: includes part of the city of Blois. Canton of Blois-5: includes part of the city of Blois and the municipalities of Fossé, Marolles, Saint-Bohaire, Saint-Lubin-en-Vergonnois and Saint-Sulpice-de-Pommeray Following the reform approved by decree of 21 February 2014, which was implemented after the departmental elections of 2015, the municipal territory of the city of Blois was divided into 3 cantons: Canton of Blois-1: includes part of the city of Blois Canton of Blois-2: includes part of the city of Blois and the municipalities of: La Chaussée-Saint-Victor Menars Saint-Denis-sur-Loire Villebarou Villerbon Canton of Blois-3: includes part of the city of Blois and the municipalities of Candé-sur-Beuvron Chailles Chaumont-sur-Loire Feings Fougères-sur-Bièvre Monthou-sur-Bièvre Les Montils Ouchamps Rilly-sur-Loire Sambin Seur Valaire

Twinning

Waldshut-Tiengen, since 1963 Weimar, since 1995 Lewes, since 1963 Sighișoara, since 1995 Urbino, since 1999 ("friendship protocol") Hué, since 2007

Places of interest

Blois is a Ville d'Art et d'Histoire. Blois Cathedral Blois Castle, Renaissance royal residence.

Company

Demographic evolution

Inhabitants surveyed

Notes

Other projects

Wikimedia Commons contains images or other files about Blois

External links

Official site, on blois.fr. Blois, on Treccani.it - ​​Online Encyclopedias, Institute of the Italian Encyclopedia. And. M., J. J. G. and G. Bou., BLOIS, in Italian Encyclopedia, Institute of the Italian Encyclopedia, 1930. Blois, on Sapienza.it, De Agostini. (EN) Blois, in Encyclopedia Britannica, Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc.

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