Leave the square and walk along Rue Jean Laigret to the former gardens of the château. Stand at the end of the lower terrace of the Jardin du Roi (King’s Garden) to enjoy the view of the Façade des Loges. Built under the reign of François I, from 1515 onwards, it was modelled on the contemporary Loggias in the Vatican, and allowed the château to open out onto its gardens, for which Louis XII commissioned an Italian landscape gardener who was brought to Blois from Naples. These extensive gardens were subsequently cut in two by the Avenue Jean Laigret, which you have just walked along.
Across the street are the remnants of the castle’s former orangery, now a restaurant, and the Anne of Brittany pavilion, behind the cedar tree. Built in an octagonal design from brick and stone, the pavilion houses a drawing room and a small oratory.