Friday Heirloom 60: Château de Fontainebleau, France

Friday Heirloom 60: Château de Fontainebleau, France

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Where there’s life, there’s color, there’s opulence.

The Château de Fontainebleau is probably one of the most dense architectural spaces I’ve seen so far in France. It has been home to kings and queens for eight centuries, from the 12th to the 19th, with everyone making their own improvements to the Château and transforming it in the rich structure that it is today.

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This is how I spent Bastille Day this year… And would there be a better way than walking through French history? Probably not. With over 1500 rooms, a visit to this Château is a must when in the Paris area as it represent a huge part not only of French history, but also of its art and architecture throughout the centuries.

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What I loved the most about the Château is the synergy between historical rooms and works of art. In fact, each and every room has its own story to tell, with its own decor and splendid lighting. As for the works of art, they obviously represent the tastes of its various inhabitants over the centuries. I am sure the Château opens up to new and exciting discoveries, visit after visit; that’s why I decided to leave the gardens, for instance, for my next trip to Fontainebleau.

In addition to all the art that can be admired everywhere in the spaces of the Château, one can also get lost in one or more of its 4 museums:

  1. The Empress’ Chinese Museum (1863)
  2. The Napoleon I Museum (1986)
  3. The Galerie de Peinture (Paintings Gallery) (1998)
  4. The Furniture Gallery (2009)

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As I learn on the website, the staircase (horseshoe-shaped) which is now emblematic of the Château de Fontainebleau dates from the reign of Louis XIII and was the work of Jean Androuet du Cerceau (1585-1650). It really is impressive…

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The spaces at the Château, as well as the decor, have all the characteristics of an intimate residence. My favorite room was the bedroom of Anne d’Austria, with its opulent walls and bordeaux decor (matching my skirt! See photo below).

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There’s a lot more to be discovered at the Château de Fontainebleau and I am sure I’ve covered only a part of what it has to offer. There are also, among others, three chapels, a monastery, and three stunning gardens waiting to be discovered, all representing the French architecture from the 12th through the 19th century.

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Make sure to check out the town of Fontainebleau as well. It has interesting bars and cafes, with tons of history and fun events!

To learn more on the Château de Fontainebleau, check out the website.

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