The true residence of kings
A UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1981, the Château de Fontainebleau is the only château to have been a residence of all sovereigns from the 12th to the 19th century, and the most occupied of all the French royal palaces. The palace has its origins in the royal passion for hunting, while it was developed and decorated based on the kings' pleasure in collecting works of art to display in their “family home”. From the last of the Capetian kings all the way to Napoleon III, the château was a royal residence, yet it was Emperor Napoleon I who gave new life to it and completely renovated it after the Revolution.
His private apartments and the museum dedicated to him highlight this imperial past today. Fontainebleau hosts the masterpieces of the Renaissance commissioned by Francis I, the elegant interiors of Marie-Antoinette, the lavish apartment of Napoleon I, and the style of Napoleon III and his wife Eugenie. A residence for hunting and pleasure; a testimony to court life of the sovereigns; a place both official and intimate – Fontainebleau embodies the classic French way of living well better than anywhere else.