France is a country of fairytale castles, and one of the best Paris attractions is undoubtedly the Palace of Fontainebleau, described by Napoleon as "the work of centuries, the home of kings".
What makes this palace truly special is that it is the work of many monarchs, with the structure first originating in the early 16th century during the reign of Francis I.
The Forrest of Fontainebleau, which was once a royal hunting park, is not home to many of the endangered species of Europe.
Fontainebleau is a particularly intriguing castle for those with an interest in architecture as it has been the main summer residence for French kings and queen for centuries, with many of them leaving their own mark on its structure and decor.
Various furnishings, paintings, tapestries and eye-catching objects have been added to the castle over the years by successive monarchs who have stayed in, and fallen in love with the palace.
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Posted by Georgina Black