Palace of Fontainebleau

Nestled in the heart of a vast forest, the Palace of Fontainebleau stands as a monumental testament to French royalty's opulence and grandeur. A fusion of Renaissance and classical styles, it has been a favored residence of monarchs for centuries. Read more

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The Château de Fontainebleau, spanning over eight centuries of history, is more than just a royal dwelling; it's a masterpiece of evolving architectural styles and artistic movements. This sprawling palace began as a medieval royal hunting lodge before successive monarchs expanded and enriched it, imprinting their own tastes and preferences. From the Renaissance embellishments commissioned by Francis I to the classical touches added by Louis XIV, every corner of the palace whispers tales of grand balls, political intrigue, and royal dramas. Notably, Napoleon Bonaparte also left his mark, calling Fontainebleau the "house of the centuries, the true home of kings."
The Palace of Fontainebleau is not just an architectural wonder but a tapestry of French history, culture, and art. Each room, corridor, and garden path echoes with the footsteps of monarchs, artists, and countless historical figures, making a visit here an immersive journey through time.

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The most famous sights
What to do in Palace of Fontainebleau

The Renaissance Rooms

Explore rooms adorned with intricate frescoes and stuccos, capturing the essence of the French Renaissance.

The Grand Staircase

An architectural marvel, this staircase showcases the mastery of design and innovation during the Renaissance era.

Napoleon’s Apartments

Delve into the personal space of the Emperor, which offers a glimpse into his life, tastes, and the empire's grandeur.

The Gallery of Francis I

One of the palace's gems, this gallery boasts lavish decorations and masterpieces by Rosso Fiorentino.

The Chapel of the Trinity

A serene and spiritually uplifting space, its Gothic structure is complemented by Renaissance artworks.

Diana’s Gallery

Dedicated to the goddess of the hunt, this gallery exemplifies the opulence and artistic flair of the French court.

The Palace Gardens

Stroll through the meticulously designed gardens, dotted with fountains, statues, and ponds, encapsulating the essence of French landscape artistry.

The Carp Pond

A tranquil spot, it's ideal for relaxation and offers a chance to admire the palace's reflection on the water.

The Chinese Museum

Commissioned by Empress Eugenie, this section showcases an exquisite collection of Asian art and artifacts.

Fontainebleau Forest

Surrounding the palace, this vast forest offers nature trails, wildlife spotting, and a chance to experience the royals' former hunting grounds.

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