The Fontainebleau Palace is a beautiful palace with gorgeous gardens, located about 60 km south of Paris. It was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1981. During the twelfth century, it was used by the kings of France as place came and hunt, as it is in the middle of a large forest of the Ile de France. During the 16th century, it was transformed and enlarged by François I, ve wanted to make it a New Rome with Italian Renaissance details, mixed with traditional French art.
You can get there by train from Paris, and the trip takes about one hour. Trains leave every hour and there is a special rate for visitors to the castle, which includes the train, guide and entrance to the castle. Once you get to the station, you can then take a bus to go to the castle entrance. Admission is 8 euros. The main tour of the castle includes the Pope's apartment, Renaissance rooms, the chapel Saint Saturnin and several large apartments that belonged to the kings. We also visited the galleries of Diane, goddess of the hunting, and the emperor's apartment.
The price includes an audio guide and the total visit lasts an hour and a half. There is the option of taking a guided visit which allows entry to places which are normally closed to the public. If you come in a group, you must reserve a space ahead of time. These visits take place every day at 10h30 and 15h30 to the Napoleon Museum and then at 11h30 and 14.30 for the second empire tour. These visits cost 12.50 euros, but include the normal entry to the castle. The gardens are open access, and many people use them, first French gardens, and then the rest of the forest, where you can walk and hike.
The Royal Palace (Palais Royal in French) is a palace with gardens located north of the Louvre Museum in Paris. Originally it was called Palais Cardinal was erected by order of Cardinal Richelieu. Despite its name, kings never resided here. Its construction was commissioned by Cardinal Richelieu to the architect Jacques Lemercier. Construction work began in 1624 on the Hôtel de Rambouillet. The building was then known as Palais Cardinal (the palace of Cardinal). Richelieu had the painter Philippe de Champaigne come to decorate, and ended up bequeathing the palace to the French crown. After the death of Louis XIII, it became the home of the Queen Mother, Anne of Austria, Cardinal Mazarin and the young Louis XIV. At this time the building was named the "Royal Palace". Later, the Palais Royal became the Paris residence of the Dukes of Orleans.
The Luxemburg PALACE is a BAROQUE STYLE building, built in the seventeenth century. Commissioned in 1615 by Marie de Medici the architect Salomon de Brosse, because he was "tired" of palaces built at Kings franceces like and wanted a palace more like the ITALIAN STYLE. He missed his palaces in TUSCANY REGION, home and was tired of the intrigues of the LOUVRE. He purchased these lands, then outside the urban area of Paris, where he built "his palace in the Italian style" .... It is now the seat of FRENCH SENATE.
Originally a hotel built in 1624 by Mesme Gallet, this property passed through the hands of several owners and underwent reconstructions in 2000 and became the Centre des monuments nationaux, which manages 100 national monuments. It comprises: an information center, library, garden and greenhouse, beautiful!