Saturday, 26 October 2013

Galerie des Cerfs

The Galerie des Cerfs (Gallery of the Stags) was created during Henri IV and is decorated with a fascinating bird's eye view of the château and the surrounding hunting grounds. Genuine antlers are attached to the stag heads made from plaster (there are 43 of them). In 1960 another great attribute was added to this gallery: statues sent from the Vatican. These statues - including one made for Francis I - were cast at Fontainebleau and has now returned to their place of origin. The gallery measures 73 metres in length and 7 metres in width. It was here that a gentleman by the name of Giovanni, Marquis de Monaldeschi was murdered in 1657. Several of the royal châteaux are depicted on the walls.

One of the statues

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