Wednesday, 19 June 2013

Fontainebleau: Apartments of Madame de Maintenon

Madame de Maintenon had her apartment right above a port-way called Porte Dorée (the Golden Gate) which used to serve as the main entrance to the château. Madame de Maintenon herself lived here between 1686-1715. One of the great events that took place in this very room was the signing of the Edict of Nantes from 1685. Most of the furniture dates back to the late 17th century or the 18th century.
It was Louis XIV who had the apartments modernized to match the styles of the age and it is noticeable that the maîtresse-en-titre moved in two years after her alleged marriage to the King .. Anyway, the King chose that the walls should be a simple white but adorned with golden ornaments.

Grand Salon
Passage linking Madame de Maintenon's apartments

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