Fontainebleau

Fontainebleau

Fontainebleau

The first chateau here dates back to 1137, and throughout the years, different parts have been added on. Louis Le Vau and André Le Nôtre worked together on The Grand Parterre, the largest formal garden in Europe between 1660 and 1664. Le Vau and André Le Nôtre also worked on Vaux le Vicomte, The Louvre Palace and Versailles.

Fontainebleau

Fontainebleau

It was used as a medieval royal hunting lodge and François I began major expansion in 1528. Fontainebleau was his favorite palace of residence and his largest project. He also worked on Amboise, Blois, Chambord, The Louvre Palace and a few others. The palace and park at Fontainebleau was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1981.

Pavillion at Fontainebleau

Pavillion at Fontainebleau

Fontainebleau is about 34 miles south/southeast of Paris. The castle is well worth the trip, the interior is beautifully designed, decorated and will give your eyes plenty to gaze at.

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2 thoughts on “Fontainebleau

  1. Kathi

    Loved this place. Pictures bring back great memories. Was this where you kissed the horse, and the driver said if you kiss the horse, you have to kiss the master?

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