Fontainebleau
About place: Fontainebleau

It is a famous palatial & parking complex about 50 km south of Paris. It takes about 40 minutes to get there by a local train departing from Lyon station (until Avon).

For a long period of time near the forest of Fontainebleau, the favourite hunting place of French kings, there was only a small lodge until Francis I decided to build there a large palace, which then was one of the favourite royal palaces before Versailles was built. The Fontainebleau palace was mostly built in later XVI century.

The most famous attractions of the palace are the gallery of Francis I, reaching the size of 63 meters, and ball room, richly decorated with frescoes.

Napoleon chose it as his summer residence and it was just there that he renounced the throne and bid farewell to the Old Guard in the White Horse Courtyard. The courtyard has since been renamed the "Courtyard of Goodbyes".

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