Apartment of the Pope and of the Queen Mothers

As we’ve seen, Château de Fontainebleau is filled with room after room of jaw dropping beauty. Just when I regained my composure and thought I’d seen the best on display, I’d walk through another doorway and start the whole gobsmacked process again.

The Apartment of The Pope, so named because Pope Pius VII stayed here during a visit in 1804, while on his way to Paris to crown Napoleon I the Emperor of France, took my breath away.


Just look at it.

The tapestries! That chandelier! The beautiful furnishings!

Here’s a shot from a different angle.

I mean, come on!

I imagine myself hidden away behind the curtains of the canopy bed reading a good book and pretending that the rest of the world doesn’t exist.

I digress..

The ceiling alone is a magical work of art.

And next door, the antechamber (The Grand Salon) proves to be just as spectacular.

Other residents of note include Queen Mothers Marie de’ Medici and Anne of Austria, the Grand Dauphin (oldest son of Louis XIV), the daughters of Louis XV, the Count of Provence (Louis XVI’s brother), Napoleon’s brother Louis, Queen Hortense, and Louis-Philippe’s eldest son (the Duke of Orleans).

It’s difficult to wrap my head around all of the history made here, and I’m so thankful that the opportunity to visit was presented to me.

Bonne journée!


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