Museum of Napoleon era
For those passionate about Napoleon history (especially military) a visit to the Musee Napoleonien would be of great interest. It is relatively small but well selected collection of uniforms, weapons and documents of Napoleon times. The museum is located on rue Saint-Honore, about 10 min walk from the chateau. It definitely worths a visit!
Hotel de Ville
- city hall
location: 40 Rue Grande
Fontainebleau, population: 15,700
- golden gate, entrance to Baptistery of Henry IV, and apartment for the years 1686-1715 of Madame de Maintenon, (Francoise d'Aubigne, Marquise de Maintenon a.k.a. Madame Scarron 1635-1719) the unofficial influential second wife of King Louis XIV (1638-1715) and later in 1837 it was the apartment of Louis Bonaparte (1778-1846), the brief 1806-10 King of Holland.
architect: Gilles le Breton (-1553)
location: Chateau de Fontainebleau
"Place Napoleon Bonaparte"
- Napoleon Bonaparte Square
manège, Les Chevaux de Bois 1900
- carrousel, the horse of wood 1900
location: Place Napoleon Bonaparte
"Don't miss the chance to visit here!"
Fontainebleau was just absolutely incredible.
We are sooooo glad we drove to the other side of Paris to visit this magnificent place. The history, the wealth - it's undeniably compulsive, and will draw you back in time to when the Kings lived here.
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Palais de Fontainebleau
"Palais de Fontainebleau"
Napoleon referred to the Palais de Fontainebleau as "the house of the centuries." Many pivotal and decisive events have occurred inside, perhaps none more memorable than when Napoleon stood on the horseshoe-shaped exterior stairway and bade farewell to his shattered army before departing for Elba.
Cutural escapades at Fontainebleau
This is one of the courtyards of this magnificent and enormous castle. This one looks out onto the "Etang des Carpes" (The Pond of Carps), which is actually a sizable man-made lake.
Probably one of the most photographed features of the castle is its monumental staircase.
The castle gardens are very extended and provide an intresting visit in themselves. Among the various things to see there are the before mentioned "Etang des Carpes", a man-made grotto and beautifully arranged French gardens.
At the town of Milly-la -Forêt the 525 year old "Halle" dominates the quaint little town square. This is where in old times the market used to be held.
The intricate carpentry is still the original construction.
True craftsmanship to withstand the tooth of time..