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Chateau de Fontainebleau, Fontainebleau

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Castle History Museum
Unlike at busy Château de Versailles, the lack of crowds at Chateau de Fontainebleau means you're free to enjoy this palace almost as its inhabitants did in centuries past. This was the preferred residence of French kings and emperors for seven centuries. François I made the palace his permanent residence in 1527--breathing new life into the ruins with origins dating back to 1137. A succession of kings worked to further rehabilitate the castle, which is where Marie de Medici delivered her baby, who later became King Louis XIII. See where Napoléon I addressed his subjects after the French Revolution as you step into the Emperor's Throne Room. Italian artists Rosso and Primatice decorated the interior with frescoes, which you can still view today. Use our Fontainebleau travel itinerary maker to visit Chateau de Fontainebleau on your trip to Fontainebleau, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • It is a must visit. Rooms and lounges of the first empire deserve it linger. Rest all inhabited by the successive Kings of France remain disparate: it is difficult to discern is an architectural unity.
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  • Visit not to be missed in the region, for those who love history or for novices in this area. This is our heritage, our memory, our history. Everyone appreciated the older and smaller. Castle beautifully maintained, as well as the gardens... pity that we can not enter the chapel...
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  • travel ds very pleasant weather, beautiful park, architecture and decorations of the Castle very impressinnant
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  • Very nice. Gets a little repetitive going through stunning room after room, but overall very enjoyable. Don’t forget to look up, the ceilings were my favorite part! Might try to revisit on psychedelics on a quiet day 😛
  • Worth the house visit as the architecture and contents are very interesting. Decent value for money too. The grounds were free to enter and well worth a look too. The carp lake has some huge carp and the grounds in general are very pretty and we'll maintained.
  • Cool castle with an insane amount of grounds you could cover. It was beautiful to walk around and poke in, but we ran short on time and didn't do much of the museum. Still, the structure and the water around it are gorgeous!
  • Magnificent castle. Even better than Versailles in my opinion. Less crowd yet lots of history and opulence
  • Beautiful place to have a walk in the park as well as being next to national forest. Not as crowded as Chateau Versailles.

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