Inside the magnificent palace of Emperor Napoleon

Fontainebleau Palace is one of the largest royal castles in France. Born in the 12th century, this castle is most famous for its role as the residence of Napoleon Bonaparte.

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The palace was built in the 12th century with the original purpose of hunting and relaxing ground for French kings. In the 16th century, King Francis I renovated it to turn the building into a royal residence and maintained this role until the time of Emperor Napoleon III in the 19th century. Photo: Palace of Fontainebleau.
The building was built in the style of Renaissance architecture, with an entire campus of more than 121 hectares, located about 55 km southeast of Paris. Photo: Palace of Fontainebleau.
According to the New York Times, King Louis IX (St. Louis) built a monastery inside Fontainebleau in 1259. Photo: Palace of Fontainebleau.
The entire palace has a total of 1,500 rooms. Experiencing many events, Fontainebleau suffered from ruin until King Francis I renovated it in the 16th century. He was inspired by the aesthetic beauty of the Italian Renaissance, so he directed the architects to design a "new Rome" for this project. Photo: Palace of Fontainebleau.
The gallery inside the palace is nearly 61 meters long, displaying the works of Italian painters. This space is a unique combination of Italian and French art styles. Photo: Palace of Fontainebleau.
Although born a long time ago, today Fontainebleau is best known as the residence of Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte (Napoleon I). He completely destroyed one side of the castle to expand the garden area. Photo: Palace of Fontainebleau.
Fontainebleau is also the place where Napoleon I abdicated. According to the New York Times, he described the palace as "the home of all times" and "the true residence of kings". Photo: Palace of Fontainebleau.
Many of the walls at Fontainebleau are decorated with paintings that recreate vivid history. In 1831, Emperor Napoleon III built a new theater in the palace, inspired by the Trianon theater in Versailles. Photo: Palace of Fontainebleau.
Some of France's greatest architects have served this work. King Louis XIV (King of the Sun) has expanded the Fontainebleau garden into one of Europe's largest gardens. Photo: Palace of Fontainebleau.
In October 2019, Jean-Christophe - descendant of Emperor Napoleon - held a lavish wedding with Countess Olympia von und zu Arco-zinneberg at Fontainebleau Palace. Photo: EPA.

Inside the magnificent palace of Emperor Napoleon Inside the magnificent palace of Emperor Napoleon Reviewed by Duy Khiêm on October 30, 2019 Rating: 5

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