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Château de Fontainebleau, {CATEGORY}

Napoleon's affection for this palace was understandable. He followed the pattern of a succession of French kings in the pre-Versailles days who used Fontainebleau as a resort and hunted in its forests. François I tried to turn the hunting lodge into a royal palace in the Italian Renaissance style, bringing artists, including Benvenuto Cellini, there to work for him. Under this patronage, the School of Fontainebleau gained prestige, led by painters Rosso Fiorentino and Primaticcio. The artists adorned the 63m-long (207-ft). Gallery of François I, where stucco-framed panels depict such scenes as The Rape of Europa and the monarch holding a pomegranate, a symbol of unity. The salamander, the symbol of the Chevalier king, is everywhere. Sometimes called the Gallery of Henri II, the Ballroom displays the interlaced initials "H&D", referring to Henri and his mistress, Diane de Poitiers. Competing with this illicit tandem are the initials "H&C", symbolizing Henri and his ho-hum wife, Catherine de Médicis. At one end of the room is a monumental fireplace supported by two bronze satyrs, made in 1966 (the originals were melted down during the Revolution). At the other side is the balcony of the musicians, with sculptured garlands. The ceiling displays octagonal coffering adorned with rosettes. Above the wainscoting is a series of frescoes, painted between 1550 and 1558, that depict mythological subjects such as The Feast of Bacchus. An architectural curiosity is the richly adorned Louis XV Staircase. The room above it was originally decorated by Primaticcio for the bedroom of the duchesse d'Etampes, but when an architect was designing the stairway, he simply ripped out her floor. Of the Italian frescoes that were preserved, one depicts the queen of the Amazons climbing into Alexander the Great's bed. When Louis XIV ascended to the throne, he neglected Fontainebleau because of his preoccupation with Versailles. However, he wasn't opposed to using the palace for houseguests, specifically such unwanted ones as Queen Christina, who had abdicated the throne of Sweden in a fit of religious fervor. Under the assumption that she still had "divine right", she ordered the brutal murder of her companion Monaldeschi, who had ceased to please her. Though Louis XV and then Marie Antoinette took an interest in Fontainebleau, the château found its renewed glory under Napoleon. You can wander around much of the palace on your own, visiting sites evoking the Corsican's 19th-century imperial heyday. They include the throne room where he abdicated rule of France, his offices, his monumental bedroom, and his bathroom. Some of the smaller Napoleonic rooms contain his personal mementos and artifacts. After your trek through the palace, visit the gardens and especially the carp pond, the gardens, however, are only a prelude to the Forest of Fontainebleau.

Practical Information

Address: Place du Général de Gaulle, 77300 Fontainebleau

City: Fontainebleau

Country: France

Phone 1: +33 (0) 1 60 71 50 70

Official site: www.musee-chateau-fontainebleau.fr

Opening hours: June-Sept Wed-Mon 9:30am-6pm. Oct-May Wed-Mon 9:30am-5pm

Entrance fee: Combination ticket including private appartements 8€ adults, 6€ students 18-25, ticket to petits appartements and Napoleonic rooms 3€ adults, 2.30€ students 18-25, free for persons under 18

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184 yd - Logis Le Richelieu

Discover all that Fontainebleau has to offer with Logis Le Richelieu as a base.The Logis Le Richelieu boasts a convenient location with modern amenities in every guestroom and superb service.Each guesRead moretroom features amenities such as non smoking rooms, hair dryer, in room safe, television, bathtub, shower.Guests staying at this Fontainebleau accommodation can enjoy a wide range of hotel facilities such as bar/pub, laundry service/dry cleaning, restaurant, safety deposit boxes, business center, bicycle rental, pets allowed.The hotel creates a balance of rich culture and modern convinience to ensure you a memorable stay. To make your booking at the Logis Le Richelieu Fontainebleau, please enter the dates of your stay and sumbit our secure online booking form. Hide

257 yd - Aigle Noir Hôtel

The Aigle Noir Hotel is perfectly located for both business and leisure guests to Fontainebleau.The Aigle Noir Hotel boasts a convenient location with modern amenities in every guestroom and superb seRead morervice.Room amenities include non smoking rooms, air conditioning, daily newspaper, desk, hair dryer.The basic amenities provided at this Fontainebleau accommodation comprise 24hr room service, shops, elevator, bar/pub, laundry service/dry cleaning, meeting facilities, restaurant.In addition, the hotel's guests can enjoy the leisure and sports facilities provided on the premises: golf course (on site), gym, sauna.With elegant facilities and hospitality, guests at this hotel will surely have an impressive stay.Please complete our secure online booking form by entering your period of stay.Hide

259 yd - ibis Château de Fontainebleau

Ibis Fontainebleau. "Ibis Fontainebleau" can be found in Fontainebleau. There are sports available to make your stay a more active one. Practice tennis, golf and horse riding, for instance. This hotelRead more features a running track and a walking trail as well as a bicycle rental service. A lounge bar is available for you to have a drink after a long day. In the morning, visitors can enjoy breakfast at the accommodation. If you need to keep an eye on your work, there is Internet access available at no extra charge.Hide

364 yd - Hôtel Belle Fontainebleau

The Hotel Belle Fontaine is perfectly located for both business and leisure guests to Fontainebleau.All hotel's guestrooms have all the conveniences expected in a hotel in its class to suit guests' utRead moremost comforts.Each guestroom has non smoking rooms, daily newspaper, desk, hair dryer, television, shower, satellite/cable TV.This beautiful Fontainebleau accommodation provides 24hr room service, laundry service/dry cleaning, disabled facilities, business center to suit all guests' utmost convenience.With elegant facilities and hospitality, guests at this hotel will surely have an impressive stay.For your reservation at the Hotel Belle Fontaine Fontainebleau, please choose your period of stay and fill out our secure online booking form.Hide

387 yd - Napoléon

The Napoleon Hotel is located in Fontainebleau making it one of the best hotels to stay at while in town.All of the hotel's 57 guestrooms are equipped with standard in-room amenities to ensure the maxRead moreimum comfort for its guests.Each guestroom features amenities such as daily newspaper, mini bar, desk, inhouse movies.This Fontainebleau accommodation contains all of the facilities and conveniences you would expect from a hotel in its class.To unwind, guests can enjoy the leisure facilities provided on the hotel's property, including garden.Along with its convenient location in Fontainebleau, the hotel also offers a wide range of services and facilities to the guests.To book a room at the Napoleon Hotel, please select your dates of travel and complete fill out our secure online booking form.Hide

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Château de Fontainebleau, {CATEGORY}

Napoleon's affection for this palace was understandable. He followed the pattern of a succession of French kings in the pre-Versailles days who used Fontainebleau as a resort and hunted in its forests. François I tried to turn the hunting lodge into a royal palace in the Italian Renaissance style, bringing artists, including Benvenuto Cellini, there to work for him. Under this patronage, the School of Fontainebleau gained prestige, led by painters Rosso Fiorentino and Primaticcio. The artists adorned the 63m-long (207-ft). Gallery of François I, where stucco-framed panels depict such scenes as The Rape of Europa and the monarch holding a pomegranate, a symbol of unity. The salamander, the symbol of the Chevalier king, is everywhere. Sometimes called the Gallery of Henri II, the Ballroom displays the interlaced initials "H&D", referring to Henri and his mistress, Diane de Poitiers. Competing with this illicit tandem are the initials "H&C", symbolizing Henri and his ho-hum wife, Catherine de Médicis. At one end of the room is a monumental fireplace supported by two bronze satyrs, made in 1966 (the originals were melted down during the Revolution). At the other side is the balcony of the musicians, with sculptured garlands. The ceiling displays octagonal coffering adorned with rosettes. Above the wainscoting is a series of frescoes, painted between 1550 and 1558, that depict mythological subjects such as The Feast of Bacchus. An architectural curiosity is the richly adorned Louis XV Staircase. The room above it was originally decorated by Primaticcio for the bedroom of the duchesse d'Etampes, but when an architect was designing the stairway, he simply ripped out her floor. Of the Italian frescoes that were preserved, one depicts the queen of the Amazons climbing into Alexander the Great's bed. When Louis XIV ascended to the throne, he neglected Fontainebleau because of his preoccupation with Versailles. However, he wasn't opposed to using the palace for houseguests, specifically such unwanted ones as Queen Christina, who had abdicated the throne of Sweden in a fit of religious fervor. Under the assumption that she still had "divine right", she ordered the brutal murder of her companion Monaldeschi, who had ceased to please her. Though Louis XV and then Marie Antoinette took an interest in Fontainebleau, the château found its renewed glory under Napoleon. You can wander around much of the palace on your own, visiting sites evoking the Corsican's 19th-century imperial heyday. They include the throne room where he abdicated rule of France, his offices, his monumental bedroom, and his bathroom. Some of the smaller Napoleonic rooms contain his personal mementos and artifacts. After your trek through the palace, visit the gardens and especially the carp pond, the gardens, however, are only a prelude to the Forest of Fontainebleau.

Château de Fontainebleau, {CATEGORY}

Napoleon's affection for this palace was understandable. He followed the pattern of a succession of French kings in the pre-Versailles days who used Fontainebleau as a resort and hunted in its forests. François I tried to turn the hunting lodge into a royal palace in the Italian Renaissance style, bringing artists, including Benvenuto Cellini, there to work for him. Under this patronage, the School of Fontainebleau gained prestige, led by painters Rosso Fiorentino and Primaticcio. The artists adorned the 63m-long (207-ft). Gallery of François I, where stucco-framed panels depict such scenes as The Rape of Europa and the monarch holding a pomegranate, a symbol of unity. The salamander, the symbol of the Chevalier king, is everywhere. Sometimes called the Gallery of Henri II, the Ballroom displays the interlaced initials "H&D", referring to Henri and his mistress, Diane de Poitiers. Competing with this illicit tandem are the initials "H&C", symbolizing Henri and his ho-hum wife, Catherine de Médicis. At one end of the room is a monumental fireplace supported by two bronze satyrs, made in 1966 (the originals were melted down during the Revolution). At the other side is the balcony of the musicians, with sculptured garlands. The ceiling displays octagonal coffering adorned with rosettes. Above the wainscoting is a series of frescoes, painted between 1550 and 1558, that depict mythological subjects such as The Feast of Bacchus. An architectural curiosity is the richly adorned Louis XV Staircase. The room above it was originally decorated by Primaticcio for the bedroom of the duchesse d'Etampes, but when an architect was designing the stairway, he simply ripped out her floor. Of the Italian frescoes that were preserved, one depicts the queen of the Amazons climbing into Alexander the Great's bed. When Louis XIV ascended to the throne, he neglected Fontainebleau because of his preoccupation with Versailles. However, he wasn't opposed to using the palace for houseguests, specifically such unwanted ones as Queen Christina, who had abdicated the throne of Sweden in a fit of religious fervor. Under the assumption that she still had "divine right", she ordered the brutal murder of her companion Monaldeschi, who had ceased to please her. Though Louis XV and then Marie Antoinette took an interest in Fontainebleau, the château found its renewed glory under Napoleon. You can wander around much of the palace on your own, visiting sites evoking the Corsican's 19th-century imperial heyday. They include the throne room where he abdicated rule of France, his offices, his monumental bedroom, and his bathroom. Some of the smaller Napoleonic rooms contain his personal mementos and artifacts. After your trek through the palace, visit the gardens and especially the carp pond, the gardens, however, are only a prelude to the Forest of Fontainebleau.

Activities nearby

Spa and swimming pools
UNESCO World Heritage site
Park and square or garden
Theatre and opera
Museum

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