Blois - Parcours de la Gabarre

Walks and hikes at Blois

3.1 km
Walking/pedestrian
2h
Easy
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  • Avec les clous de bronze parcourez les quartiers historiques de Blois. Vous y verrez des hôtels particuliers Renaissance, maisons à pans de bois, des églises et des rues charmantes chargées d'histoire.
    En suivant "La gabarre" vous arpenterez la rive gauche de Blois, souvent méconnue car il s'agissait du quartier populaire de Blois, non protégée en cas de crues ou d'assaillants. Il était le lieu de vie des marins de Loire et leurs familles.

    Deux manières de suivre ce parcours :
    -Télécharger l'appli Blois Chambord : vous pourrez consulter et écouter les commentaires et jouer avec vos enfants grâce au quiz
    -Se procurer le topoguide à l'Office de Tourisme pour suivre simplement les commentaires (2 euros, disponible en 6 langues)

    Sur les bâtiments, vous pourrez également lire des commentaires ou voir d'anciennes photos.
  • Difference in height
    36.67 m
  • Documentation
    GPX / KML files allow you to export the trail of your hike to your GPS (or other navigation tool)
Points of interest
1 Introduction
The “gabarre” (a flat-bottomed boat used to transport goods along the river) tour heads to the Vienne district on the other side of the Loire.
Circuit lenght 2,7 km
2 Quai de la Saussaye
Head down Rue du Commerce as far as the river. Formerly known as Grand Rue, it once led directly to the town’s medieval bridge. Below the quay, the base of the pillars of this bridge, destroyed by flooding in 1716, are visible amid the eddies of the Loire. The bridge was subsequently replaced by the Pont Jacques Gabriel 80m upstream.
3 Pont Jacques Gabriel
Ce pont a été édifié en 1717 par Jacques V Gabriel, premier ingénieur des Ponts-et-Chaussées. Il est le plus ancien pont de Loire. Le profil en dos d'âne, un peu archaïque, est accentué par l'obélisque sculpté aux armes de France.
Il a été bombardé pendant la 2ne Guerre mondiale perdant certaines de ses arches. Il était le point de traversée de Blois. Les habitants utilisaient par ailleurs les bateaux.

>Question quiz enfant disponible uniquement sur l'application "Blois Chambord"
4 Quai Villebois Mareuil
Cross the Pont Jacques Gabriel to reach the Quai Villebois Mareuil, then follow Rue du Moulin-à-Battoir to get to the old quarters of Vienne, protected from river floods by a dyke.
5 Petite faim : Le Bistrot du Cuisinier
6 Rue du Poinçon Renversé
Rue du Poinçon Renversé takes its name from a hotel that bore this name. A “poinçon” is a 228-litre barrel which acted as a unit of measurement for wine. The name may date back to the time when the Vienne quarter was the district inhabited by barrel-makers.
7 Angle rues Poinçon-Renversé et Munier
At the end of the street, note the ex-voto dedicated to Our Lady, placed here in 1849 to give thanks to the Virgin for having ended a cholera epidemic.
8 Aître St Saturnin
In Rue Munier, a large carriage entrance to the right marks the entrance to the Saint-Saturnin charnel house, a former cemetery built with timber galleries in 1515, during the reign of François I.
9 Inside aître St Saturnin
Used until the 19C to bury parishioners, it is now home to the town’s lapidary collection (open during National Heritage days or by prior arrangement – contact the Château de Blois for more information).
10 Churche St Saturnin
Enter Saint-Saturnin church via the side door. The church was once an important place of pilgrimage in honour of Notre Dame des Aydes. Its walls are covered with ex-votos, inscriptions and pictures given in thanks to prayers answered by the Virgin. The large window in the chapel to the left of the choir was offered by the parishioners of Vienne as thanks for her protection during the major flood of 1866. It depicts the inhabitants of the Vienne district crossing the bridge to take refuge in the centre of Blois.
11 Petite faim : Restaurant La Trouvaille
12 Rue de la Chaîne
Rue de la Chaîne probably takes its name from the iron chains stretched across the road during troubled times and at night – unlike the town, the Vienne district was not fortified. This street has preserved many houses from the Middle Ages, with their arched doorways and half-timbered façades, occasionally masked by render.
13 29 rue de la Chaîne
At n° 29, a mark on the wall indicates the level of the flood of 1846, which was one of the highest ever recorded in Blois, along with that of 1856, ten years later.
14 Port de la Creusille
During the 19C, the Port de la Creusille was reserved for heavy, cumbersome materials such as stone and wood. It was also used to unload sand extracted from the Loire and intended for use on construction sites. However, the majority of river traffic, such as wine, wheat and salt, was handled on the opposite bank of the river. In the 19C, the invention of a forerunner of the steam engine by an engineer from Blois, Denis Papin (1647-1712), was to revolutionise the life of the river. Boats known as “inexplosibles” sailed up and down the Loire until the arrival of the railway line, which gradually led to the decline of river traffic. For many years, the chocolate manufacturer, Auguste Poulain, used the Loire to transport cocoa beans and his company’s bars of chocolate.
15 Le Marché Bio de Blois (vendredi après midi)
16 Orientation table
As you head back towards the bridge, an orientation table provides information on the view of Blois and the river, the latter a listed UNESCO World Heritage Site. To return to the starting point of the walk, cross back over the river and follow the bronze markers in the opposite direction.
17 Félicitations !
Tu connais maintenant l'histoire de Blois et ses jolis quartiers anciens. S'il te reste du temps trois autres parcours sont disponibles.

Pour connaître les bonnes réponses, rends-toi à l'Office de Tourisme (23 place du château) et si tu as les bonnes réponses une surprise t'attends!
18 Petite faim : Le Duc de Guise
19 Le Marché de Blois - Place Louis XII (samedi)
20 Salons Gourmands - Douce Heure
21 Petite faim : Au Bacchus Gourmand
22 Balade en bateau sur la Loire
37 meters of difference in height
  • Start altitude : 82 m
  • End altitude : 82 m
  • Maximum altitude : 82 m
  • Minimum altitude : 67 m
  • Total positive elevation : 37 m
  • Total negative elevation : -37 m
  • Max positive elevation : 15 m
  • Min positive elevation : -9 m
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