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Elodie D. · Updated on 15 September 2021 at 11h16
· Published on 15 September 2021 at 11h16
The Château de Fontainebleau does take part in European Heritage Days held on Saturday September 18 and Sunday 19, 2021. 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 2021 and promises wonderful days of entertainments in the castle and park on September 18 and 19.
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!
- Throughout the weekend, enjoy guided tours telling you more about Napoleon I along with an exhibition, "Un Palais pour l'Empereur. Napoleon Ier à Fontainebleau" by head heritage curator Jean Vittet.
- Discover Jean Alaux's fascintaing work, as he was the painter entrusted with renovating the magnificent decors of the Ballroom of the palace under Louis-Philippe's reign, through guided tours of the "La renaissance de la Renaissance" exhibition by heritage curator Oriane Beaufils.
- The sculptures of the Cascades have many hidden meanings that will be unveiled by heritage curatory Anaïs Dorey with the "Un musée de la sculpture du XIXe siècle" guided tours.
- Find all the secrets of the hydraulic heritage of the palace through a commented tour called "L'eau dans tous ses états" provided by Arnaud Amelot - head of buildings and gardens - and the "A la découverte du château d'eau" tours by head of renovation and maintenance service Marie-Laure Mazureck.
- Away from the royal apartments reserved for royals, the "L'Envers du décor" tour will take you on the discovery of apartments for guests such as visiting courtiers and their servants. Alongside work manager Alexandre Quinzan, discover more about how the palace is built and the different ways to fit it and decorate it.
- Furthermore, the scientific research center opens to tell you more about their missions, their facilities and technical activities of photography and renovation-binding.
- Les Amis de Rosa Bonheur will wewlcome you at the Fumoir Napoléon III to tell you more about works by the artist on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
- Introduction to art artisans, from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., in the Main Courtyard
This year gives pride of place to art positions! Visitors can meet with people working to renovate and improve the palace. Kärcher, Aurige and Loire Ornement companies artisans will provide demonstrations and chat with you about their jobs (masonry, stone-carving, ornementation, covering, and cleaning).
- Visit the art studios, from 10:30 a.m. to noon and from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
The palace art studios present their know-how. Visitors can visit the tapestry and woodwork studios to discover how the palace's furniture is taken care of and renovated.
- Accompany the Ecoles d'Art Américains for a musical walk in the Jardin Anglais, followed by a concert provided by students and professors, artists residing at the Fondation des Etats-Unis, called "Un Américain à Fontainebleau, centenaire des Ecoles d'Art Américaines". Saturday at 4:30 p.m.
- Les Amis de l'Orgue de Fontainebleau will perform M. R. Delalande's "Les Leçons de Ténèbres" for a show held in the Chapelle de la Trinité. Sunday at 6:15 p.m.
- Court tennis, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., Salle du Jeu de Paume
The Château de Fontainebleau enjoys a court tennis room and they will make the most of it. All weekend long, children and adults can try their hands at this sport in the Château de Fontainebleau court tennis room! This game used to be considered as the "king of games, and game of kings", and multiple French expressions come from this sport (such as "qui va à la chasse perd sa place" or "you leave it, you lose it"; "tomber à pic" or "come along at just the right time", "rester sur le carreau" or "be left on the sidelines"). Come and learn all the rules to get introduced to this famous old racket game.
Ready for a day in a royal estate?