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 /.
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.
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:
Canton of Blois-3: includes part of the city of Blois and the municipalities of
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 Castle, Renaissance royal residence.
Wikimedia Commons contains images or other files about Blois
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.