Used by the kings of France from the 12th century, the medieval royal hunting lodge of Fontainebleau, standing at the heart ... More
Palace and Park of Fontainebleau
Used by the kings of France from the 12th century, the medieval royal hunting lodge of Fontainebleau, standing at the heart of a vast forest in the Ile-de-France, was transformed, enlarged and embellished in the 16th century by François I, who wanted to make a 'New Rome' of it. Surrounded by an immense park, the Italianate palace combines Renaissance and French artistic traditions.
The gardens are gorgeous and free. The chateau is beautifully preserved and decorated. If you are a student of history, or if you just enjoy viewing beautiful things, this is a great place to visit. Just 45 miles from Paris.
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