Photo courtesy of Château de Fontainebleau by Thibault Chapotot

Château de Fontainebleau


One of France’s largest palaces, the Château de Fontainebleau served as a residence for royalty and French aristocrats for at least seven centuries. The earliest known reference to the Château dates back to 1137.

Royal Residence Becomes Palace of the People

Now a national museum and a UNESCO World Heritage site, Château de Fontainebleau was originally a residence reserved for French monarchs. The Fontainebleau’s 1500 rooms sit on 130 acres of gardens and parks with unparalleled political, artistic, and architectural history. Some notable past residents include Louis VII, Napoleon III, Francis I, Henry II, Henry IV, Louis VIII-XVI, Marie-Antoinette, and Louis-Philippe, who each contributed their own style and restoration to the palace.

GRoW Support

2017 – Event-Festival de l’histoire de l’art

2013 – Capital-Restoration of the Turkish Boudoir

To learn more, visit Château de Fontainebleau or watch an educational video here.


Exterior of Château de Fontainebleau, photo by Thibault Chapotot.

Photo courtesy of Château de Fontainebleau by Thibault Chapotot.

Photo courtesy of Château de Fontainebleau by Thibault Chapotot.

Exterior of Château de Fontainebleau, photo by Thibault Chapotot.

Photo courtesy of Château de Fontainebleau by Thibault Chapotot.

Photo courtesy of Château de Fontainebleau by Thibault Chapotot.


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