European Heritage Days 2020 at the Château de Fontainebleau (77)

Published by Elodie D. · Photos by Elodie D. · Published on 3 September 2020 at 10h09 · Updated on 14 September 2020 at 22h15
The Château de Fontainebleau does take part in European Heritage Days held on Saturday September 19 and Sunday 20, 2020. This year, in addition to visiting the grand apartments of the Château, stayed as they were under Napoleon III, you can try your hand at court tennis and meet the artisans maintaining the estate!

The Château de Fontainebleau takes part in European Heritage Days 2020 and promises 2 major days.

Over 800 years old, the Château saw the greatest kings and princes and dukes come around. The historic monument has been a "family house" of the Kings of France, so did the Château de Rambouillet, the Château de Saint-Germain-en-Laye and the Palace of Versailles.

Turned imperial palace after the French Revolution, the Château de Fontainebleau has been refitted by Napoleon I and keeps, among others, the only Napoleon Throne Room still existing. It will be used by kings and emperors until the reign of Napoleon III and Eugénie!

Program of European Heritage Days 2020 at the Château de Fontainebleau:

  • Guided Tours, more details soon

Guided tours are held all along the weekend for free in small groups. A focus will be made on some works, as well as the construction site of the upcoming Napoleon I museum and on the hydraulic heritage.

  • Introducing art artisans – from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

For European Heritage Days, the Château de Fontainebleau promotes art artisans working on a daily life basis to restore and improve the Château. Mason, stonemason, roofer, they will be in the main courtyard to tell you more on their daily tasks. It will be possible to visit the tapestry workshop on Saturday!

  • Court Tennis – from 10 a.m. to noon and from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., Salle du jeu de Paume

At the Château de Fontainebleau, the only historic and still in use “court tennis” saw between its walls Henri IV, Louis XIV and even Napoleon. The court tennis master explains the story of the “king of games, game of kings”, its rules, the fabrication of balls, the multiple French sayings coming from the first professional sport in history such as be left high and dry or coming to the right time. The audience will have the chance to try their hands at this game in the room of the court tennis of the Château de Fontainebleau, an exclusive entertainment, discovering the fascinating ancestor of all the racket games.

  • Organ concertSunday at 6:15 p.m.

Les Amis de l'Orgue de Fontainebleau offer a concert in the very beauiful Chapelle de la Trinité where they will be performing works by Elisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre.

European Heritage Days 2020 Program in Paris and the Ile-de-France Region:

And to get your bearings more easily, we've made you some themed guides:

Practical information

Dates and Opening Time
From 19 September 2020 to 20 September 2020



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