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Located in the heart of seventeen thousand hectare forest the palace of Fontainebleau was once one of the privileged residences of the sovereigns who ruled France The love of the hunt made it into a regularly visited residence and all of its occupants had their hearts set on improving it through new buildings or new decorations This resulted in the present profusion of courtyards and buildings with different decorative and architectural styles Only one tower remained of the original 12th-century castle This tower was probably the location of the bedchamber of the kings Almost eight centuries of French history was affected by this chateau - from 1137 the year of the coronation of Louis VII to the fall of the Second Empire in 1870It was in the Renaissance however that the castle underwent its most spectacular transformation Francois I He built the entrance the Ballroom and Saint Saturini Chapel He also constructed the buildings encircling the current White Horse Courtyard and the Francois I Gallery to link the two groups of buildings Under Henri IV the palace became more of a kings house and the home of the dauphins With Louis XV the need to provide lodgings for the court led to the remodeling of the south wing of the White Horse courtyard and the construction of the Great Pavilion He also is responsible for the installation of the Kings StaircaseThe kings of France in the 16th Century has so many castles that it was normal practice for them to move from one another forcing workers to move everything possessed by the King and help him move into his new residence Once the stay was over all was packed back into the chests and the empty rooms returned to silence perhaps for years After the Revolution Napoleon found the palace completely emptied of its furnishings so he refurnished the entire palace first to receive the Pope that had come to crown him in and later
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