A day in Fontainebleau

« The true home of the Kings, the House of all centuries » are the words Napoleon used to describe the chateau de Fontainebleau. Often too underrated and less known than Versailles, the chateau is a magnificent jewel of Renaissance style first built by King Francis 1st ( François 1er) in the early 16th century and is now Unesco World Heritage since 1981. Through centuries this grand home has seen many historical figures such as Henri IV, Sun King Louis XIV, Marie Antoinette, Catherine de Medici, Napoleon etc… I couldn’t just stop taking pictures and be mesmerized by the rich colourful decors, the incredible « box » ceilings, the great Renaissance Galleries and Ballroom where you can see the interwined nitials of King Henri II and his famous mistress Diane de Poitiers…

Acces to Fontainebleau castle is very easy from Paris, for more information click here.

Wooden ceilings at the Gallerie François 1er

Cherubs detail ( top and fresco below)

The Great Ballroom detail

 

The Library

Royal bedroom detail

The Chapel dome (detail)

The Great Ballroom ceiling