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The foutain trail

Walks and hikes ,  Walking/pedestrian in Blois
3.4 km
Walking/pedestrian
2h
Medium
  • Follow the route on the map, clicking on the bubbles for details of the fountains and gardens.
    You can also download the tour booklet in pdf format below.

    In the Middle Ages, like most towns, the town had public or private wells providing access to water. But Blésoise's specificity lay in the existence of a network of living water fountains, reputed to date back to Gallo-Roman times.
    Under the influence of King Louis XII, this network was redeveloped in 1511 by master fountain builder...
    Follow the route on the map, clicking on the bubbles for details of the fountains and gardens.
    You can also download the tour booklet in pdf format below.

    In the Middle Ages, like most towns, the town had public or private wells providing access to water. But Blésoise's specificity lay in the existence of a network of living water fountains, reputed to date back to Gallo-Roman times.
    Under the influence of King Louis XII, this network was redeveloped in 1511 by master fountain builder Pierre de Valence. He replaced the old lead pipes with terracotta ones. During the 16th century, new fountains were added, and Blois counted as many as ten.
    In 1852, technical advances led to the construction of the Loire waterworks: water from the river was first distributed via a network of standpipes, then to homes.
    The waterworks, refurbished in 2009, is still the main supplier of water to the Blésois community.
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78 meters of difference in height
  • Start altitude : 88 m
  • End altitude : 88 m
  • Maximum altitude : 103 m
  • Minimum altitude : 71 m
  • Total positive elevation : 78 m
  • Total negative elevation : -78 m
  • Max positive elevation : 12 m
  • Min positive elevation : -22 m