Weekly Photo Challenge: Illumination

I was planning to show you some posts from light show in Blois, Renaissance castle on Loire river in France, when Weekly Photo Challenge topic: Illumination came and therefore I decided to join these topics.

Castle Blois – Château de Blois – is a Royal Castle and it is located in the Loire Valley, a tourist destination when coming to France. Castle itself was a residence of several French Kings, it is also the place connected with Joan of Arc. She came to the castle to be blessed here by the Archbishop of Reims, Blois is not far from Orléans. The Castle is located in the city center on the hill and it’s opened for tourists. Look at the castle’s most renowned feature, the spiral staircase.

Stariway during the day and different enlightening at the evening

Spiral staircase during the day and with different enlightening at the evening

After dark you can attend special light show at the courtyard. During the 45 minute-long show, the voices of Robert Hossein, Pierre Arditi, Fabrice Luchini recount the tales of love, drama, and mystery that occurred at the château according to a script written by the historian Alain Decaux. The show is unique in Europe. The original musical score is by Eric Demarsan and the stage production by André Blanc. (from Castle homepage)

Let’s start with an ordinary illumination, only one color, but I like it.

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Waiting for the show to begin

When the show starts, you can enjoy colorful play of lights on the castle’s wall, music and history. It starts with curtain that you can see bellow (top left).

Curtian goes down, and then fights, battles, monarch, revenge ... that's history

Curtian goes down, and then fights, battles, monarch, revenge … that’s history

It looks like it’s done from stained glass, doesn’t it?

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Cathedral window?

Intrigues and assasination.

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Black and white – beautiful combination.

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Staircase again

And more show and history till the last curtain goes down (bottom right).

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Last curtain

13 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Ajay Kaul
    Jan 17, 2013 @ 06:52:55

    Looks amazing! Thanks for sharing!


  2. poppytump
    Jan 17, 2013 @ 19:15:51

    Love the Knights jousting across the buildings … great post Katy !


  3. Afterglow
    Jan 17, 2013 @ 20:41:27



  4. Yoshi
    Jan 17, 2013 @ 21:59:10

    Just gorgeous series of light illumination! It must be a lot of fun shooting.

    I happened to find your beautiful blog and am the latest follower. I started to have photoblog of Olomouc last month, named Extra Abstraction.

    Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful day, Katy.



    • PragueByKaty
      Jan 18, 2013 @ 08:54:08

      I checked your blog, it is really beautiful (I love BW, I love Olomouc), thanks for singing in. The fireworks above Townhall looked great! Have a ncioe weekend


  5. Amy
    Jan 17, 2013 @ 22:10:36

    Amazing! Love it!


  6. thom bradley
    Jan 17, 2013 @ 22:59:24

    What a treat! Your pictures really capture the moments.


  7. jordanclary
    Jan 18, 2013 @ 19:44:39

    These are exquisite!


  8. Island Traveler
    Jan 19, 2013 @ 09:48:52

    Magnificent lights and architectural designs. So beautiful!


  9. Finn Holding
    Jan 20, 2013 @ 14:16:09

    Fabulous – a great way to tell a story.


  10. westseventhfreelance
    Jan 28, 2013 @ 14:50:10

    This is incredible…


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