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Palace and Park of Fontainebleau

Palace and Park of Fontainebleau: The Palace of Fontainebleau is one of the grandest and largest of the royal châteaux of France. The Palace and Park of Fontainebleau are surrounded by the city of Fontainebleau and the vast Forest of Fontainebleau, a former royal hunting park. It is located about 55 km southeast of Paris and 70 km from the most famous palace of France, Versailles. The medieval royal hunting lodge and later château was the residence of French monarchs from the 12th until the 19th century. The royal hunting lodge of Fontainebleau was enlarged and embellished in the 16th century by François I, he wanted to make a 'New Rome' of Fontainebleau. The Palace and Park of Fontainebleau is a combination of the Renaissance style and the artistic traditions of France. The interior is decorated in the Mannerist Style. The Palace of Fontainebleau is the place where Napoleon I abdicated his throne before being exiled to Elba in 1814. The Palace of Fontainebleau became a national museum in 1927. The Palace and Park of Fontainebleau gained status as an UNESCO World Heritage in 1981.

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Palace and Park of Fontainebleau - The Palace and Park of Fontainebleau: The Carp Lake and the 17th century octagonal pavilion. The Palace of Fontainebleau is a former royal...

The Palace and Park of Fontainebleau: The Carp Lake and the 17th century octagonal pavilion. The Palace of Fontainebleau is a former royal residence in France. Fontainebleau was inhabited continuously from the 12th century to the fall of Napoleon III in 1870. The most famous French monarchs have left their mark on the palace, such as Napoleon Bonaparte. The Palace and Park of Fontainebleau gained the status as an UNESCO World Heritage in 1981.

  1. Palace and Park of Fontainebleau - The Palace and Park of Fontainebleau: The Carp Lake and the 17th century octagonal pavilion. The Palace of Fontainebleau is a former royal...

    The Palace and Park of Fontainebleau: The Carp Lake and the 17th century octagonal pavilion. The Palace of Fontainebleau is a former royal residence in France. Fontainebleau was inhabited continuously from the 12th century to the fall of Napoleon III in 1870. The most famous French monarchs have left their mark on the palace, such as Napoleon Bonaparte. The Palace and Park of Fontainebleau gained the status as an UNESCO World Heritage in 1981.

  2. Palace and Park of Fontainebleau - The Palace and Park of Fontainebleau: The Cour Ovale, the Oval Court. The central point of the Palace and of Fontainebleau is the Oval Court. The...

    The Palace and Park of Fontainebleau: The Cour Ovale, the Oval Court. The central point of the Palace and of Fontainebleau is the Oval Court. The Oval Court marks the position of the original medieval hunting lodge. The Oval Court is lined with 16th and 17th century façades. In the time, the Oval Court had a fortified entrance, the Porte Dorée. Since the time of King Henry IV, the gate opens onto the Cour des Offices.

  3. Palace and Park of Fontainebleau - The Palace and Park of Fontainebleau: The long coat and bicorne of Napoleon Bonaparte. One of the wings of the palace houses the Napoleon I...

    The Palace and Park of Fontainebleau: The long coat and bicorne of Napoleon Bonaparte. One of the wings of the palace houses the Napoleon I Museum. The museum houses a collection of furniture, paintings, sculptures, gold and silverware, costumes and documents of the imperial family, among the objects are the long coat and the famous bicorne hat of Napoleon Bonaparte and also objects from his military campaigns.

  4. Palace and Park of Fontainebleau - The Palace and Park of Fontainebleau: The cradle of the King of Rome, the son of Napoleon Bonaparte. Napoleon II, the son of Napoleon Bonaparte...

    The Palace and Park of Fontainebleau: The cradle of the King of Rome, the son of Napoleon Bonaparte. Napoleon II, the son of Napoleon Bonaparte was named Napoleon François-Joseph Charles, as heir to the French Empire, his father Napoleon gave him the title the King of Rome. After the fall of Napoleon, his son Napoleon II was named the Duke of Reichstadt. The Palace and Park of Fontainebleau were declared an UNESCO World Heritage in 1981.

  5. Palace and Park of Fontainebleau - The Palace and Park of Fontainebleau: The Saint Saturnin Chapel was built during the reign of Francis I. The Saint Saturnin Chapel is situated...

    The Palace and Park of Fontainebleau: The Saint Saturnin Chapel was built during the reign of Francis I. The Saint Saturnin Chapel is situated behind the ballroom. The lower chapel was built in the 12th century and completely rebuilt under Francis I. The windows of the lower chapel were installed during the reign of Louis-Philippe, designed by his daughter Marie. The upper chapel was the royal chapel. The upper chapel and dome of the chapel were decorated by one of the masters of the French Renaissance, Philibert de L'Orme.

  6. Palace and Park of Fontainebleau - The Palace and Park of Fontainebleau: The throne room. The throne of Napoleon I is placed on a dais. The throne room is still...

    The Palace and Park of Fontainebleau: The throne room. The throne of Napoleon I is placed on a dais. The throne room is still in its original state. The Palace of Fontainebleau was the site of the historic meeting with Pope Pius VII in 1804, the Pope travelled from Rome to France, it was the intention of Napoleon to be crowned by Pope Pius VII. But on the day of the coronation, Napoleon Bonaparte grabbed the crown from the Pope's hands, placed it on his own head and crowned himself Emperor of France. 

  7. Palace and Park of Fontainebleau - The Palace and Park of Fontainebleau: The pond and fountain in the Grand parterre. The Grand parterre is one of the largest formal gardens in...

    The Palace and Park of Fontainebleau: The pond and fountain in the Grand parterre. The Grand parterre is one of the largest formal gardens in Europe. The Palace and park of Fontainebleau were designed and decorated by great artists commissioned by Francis I, Henry IV, Louis XIII, Louis XIV, Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette, Napoleon Bonaparte and Joséphine de Beauharnais. The Palace and Park of Fontainebleau gained the status as an UNESCO World Heritage in 1981.

  8. Palace and Park of Fontainebleau - Palace and Park of Fontainebleau: Behind the Carp Lake lies the Cour de la Fontaine. The Carp Lake was a swamp and was turned into a lake under...

    Palace and Park of Fontainebleau: Behind the Carp Lake lies the Cour de la Fontaine. The Carp Lake was a swamp and was turned into a lake under King Francis I. The Palace of Fontainebleau was a royal residence and the home of many French monarchs, the palace is surrounded by the town of Fontainebleau and the Forest of Fontainebleau, a former royal hunting park. Napoleon called Fontainebleau the 'True home of Kings' and 'House of Ages'.

  9. Palace and Park of Fontainebleau - The palace and Park of Fontainebleau: The famous horseshoe-haped staircase is situated in the White Horse Courtyard. The White Horse Courtyard...

    The palace and Park of Fontainebleau: The famous horseshoe-haped staircase is situated in the White Horse Courtyard. The White Horse Courtyard is also called the Court of the Farewells, it was built during the reign of Louis XIII. The Palace of Fontainebleau is the site where Napeleon I abdicated his throne before being exiled to Elba. The Palace of Fontainebleau became a national museum in 1927.