It is not that Paris is just about museums and churches. There is a different face of this city too which you will love to see. If you have visited Paris and have not seen the Palace of Fontainebleau, then you can consider your trip incomplete. The value of this place can be easily judged from the fact that the famous composer and jazz pianist, Tadd Dameron, was so inspired by this chateau that he wrote the composition `Fontainebleau’ after visiting it.
You need to travel 55 kilometers from the heart of Paris in order to reach this place that is debatably one of the biggest chateaux in France. The love and affection showered on this building by various French monarchs is easily visible. Look around carefully and you will discover that a series of courtyards surround the building. Listen carefully! If you are lucky, you might hear the soft notes of the piano float sweetly into your ear. As of date, this chateau is used as a school of music, art, and architecture for students from the United States. There is yet another point because of which this chateau attracts tourists.
This was perhaps the first building in France that introduced the Italian Mannerist style in gardens and in interior decoration. This style, combined with the French Mannerist style of the sixteenth century is referred to as the Fontainebleau style. Go ahead and check out the woodwork, stucco, paintings, metalwork and sculptures. This will help you to have a greater knowledge of the Fontainebleau style. Do not miss out on seeing the bedroom of Napoleon and that of Marie Antoinette. The gallery of Henry II is also a great crowd puller as is the throne room and the theatre.