The Château


A CHÂTEAU WHERE SOVEREIGNS HAVE RULED SINCE THE MIDDLE AGES

Kings, Queens, Emperors and Empresses, have all loved this place, and have all left their mark on it.
From the visit to the Grand Appartments (Grands Appartements), the Ballroom and the François 1er art gallery, to the Throne Room discover the setting of a sumptuous life for all of the great sovereigns of France : thirty-four of them have ruled from here.

Now open to visitors, the eleven rooms of the Pope’s Appartments enrich the traditional tour, with their ceremonial receiving room and private chambers. The Napoleon The First (Napoléon 1er) Museum gathers together, in the right wing for the Court of Honor to the Prince’s Appartments, ceremonial portraits, sumptuous weapons and luxurious works of art and also a reconstituted tent evoking the Emperor’s life on campaign.

Many additional visits are available for a wide range of tastes. The Lesser Appartments (les petits appartements), The Chinese Museum, The Real Tennis game (le jeu de paume), the furniture gallery... Richly decorated, the Château Fontainebleau bears the mark for the grandest of artists and is in itself a truly precious museum of decorative art.

Contact :
Tel : 01 60 71 50 70
E-mail : reservation@chateaudefontainebleau.fr
Website : www.chateaudefontainebleau.fr

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The Château's Museum

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THE RENAISSANCE ROOMS


In the XVIth century, the Château was one of the premier artistic Centers of Europe. The Renaissance Rooms, are unique to France, and have kept their astonishing decor of frescos and stuccoes imagined by Italian artists (Rosso and Primatice) during the reign of François the First and of Henri II.

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THE GRAND APPARTMENTS OF THE SOVEREIGNS


The rooms of the Sovereigns Appartments evoke the glory days of the Court of France :
The Antechamber, The Salon, The Ceremonial Room, and The Council Room aka the Throne Room allow you to visualize the life of the Sovereigns. The decor of painted carvings, paintings, tapestries and furniture all bear witness to life here in the XVIth to XIXth centuries.

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THE INNER APPARTMENT OF NAPOLEON THE FIRST



Is composed of a series of furnished rooms dating from 1808 for the use of Napoleon the First (Bedroom, study, private room, bathroom, Aide-de-camp’s room and antechamber). It was in this Appartment, recently restored, that the Emperor abdicated on the 6th of April 1814.

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THE POPE’S APPARTMENT




Now open to visitors, it enriches the traditional tour with the addition of eleven extra rooms, including The Ceremonial Room and private rooms.

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THE LESSER APPARTMENTS


Located on the first floor of the Château, they complete the changes made to accommodate Napoleon the First who desired two private suites linked together. One for himself, and one for Josephine (later occupied by Marie-Louise). You will also discover the rooms reserved for the use of the Emperor’s closest allies.

Courts, Gardens and Parks

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THE CARP POND

Once a marsh that François the First had transformed into a decorative water feature in the mirror-pool fashion that was so favored by the French, and then imitated throughout Europe...
As in all the royal domains of France, the basin is populated with carp destined only for the Sovereign’s table.

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THE GARDEN OF DIANA

The Garden of Diana was, until Louis Philippe, an entirely enclosed space within an orange-orchard built by Henri IV in brick and stone. For example, the ground-floor Stag’s Gallery and the first-floor Gallery of Diana. In the Center of the garden, the Fountain of Diana (1602), topped by the statue of the goddess of the hunt and surrounded by four bronze dogs, returned from their display in the Louvre.


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THE ENGLISH GARDEN

Previously known as the Pine Garden. This garden was redesigned to English tastes in the 19th century, The garden’s broad outlines were laid down during the time of Napoleon the First, including the artificial river flowing through it. Towards the back a basin marks the emplacement of the legendary « Fontaine-Belle-Eau ».


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THE GRAND GARDEN

Designed by Le Nôtre, this is a truly French garden which has unfortunately lost its decoration, from embellishement to boxwood. Two vistas can be enjoyed : one from the forest were the spread of the land incorporates the Tibre river; the other towards the canal, above the basin of the waterfalls. Beyond and below, the Grand park ends with the forest.


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With an area of 84 ha of rectilinear paths.
The Grand Park displays proudly it’s starred cross-roads and the Grand Canal, around 1200m long, built under the reign of Henri IV - which is to this day highly regarded by fishers and families out on their Sunday walk.


OPENING HOURS


COURTYARDS AND GARDENS
Open every day / From November to February : 9am – 5pm / March, April & October : 9am – 6pm / From May to September : 9am – 7pm. The Jardin de Diane and the Jardin Anglais close respectively half and hour and an hour before the times shown. Outside of the summer season, the Jardin Anglais may be closed.
For further information, call : 01 60 71 50 70

THE PARK
Is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

The Château's activities

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BOATING


From 1 may to 31 october,
you can go boating on the Carp Lake (access is via the Cour de la Fontaine).
Boats can be hired every afternoon, weather permitting.

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HORSE-DRAWN CARRIAGES

At the top of the Grand Parterre,next to the Porte Dorée at the end of the Allée de Maintenon, the Attelages de la Forêt company runs 20 minute rides around the Grand Parterre and Park areas in carriages drawn by two horses.

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Survol_en_en_mongolfire_du_chteau_de_Fontainebleau HOT-AIR BALLOONING


Get a spectacular bird’s eye view of the château from the hot-air balloons which take off from the large meadow in the park.


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practical information

OPENING DAYS AND TIMES

The Château is open every day except tuesdays, the 1st of january, the 1st of may and the 25th of December.
From october to march: 9:30am-5pm (Doors close at 4:15pm).
From april to september : 9:30am-6pm (Doors close at 5:15pm).


CONTACTS
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Château information and welcome : 01 60 71 50 70
Cultural service e-mail : resa.chateau-de-fontainebleau@culture.fr
Website : www.chateaudefontainebleau.fr