|Old print of 'Abdication of Napoleon, His Departure from Fontainebleau for the Island of Elba'.|
|A representation of Napoleon signing his abdication.|
When I visited France recently, I had the wonderful opportunity to visit many of the places where Napoleon lived. Among them was the gorgeous hunting lodge and chateau of French kings, then turned palace, Fontainebleau.
In the suburbs of Paris and accessed easily by train, Fontainebleau offers a dramatic experience in French history. A marvelous example of French Rococco, the hunting lodge became a grander palace under the direction of Francis I. So the mixture of ancien regime decor and architecture is a true delight.
|Abdication Room as it is today.|
This abdication agreement was between Napoleon and the representatives of Austria, Russia and Prussia and by this treaty, Napoleon was exiled to the island of Elba. After signing in this room, he went to the steps facing the main entrance to the palace and addressed his officers assembled in the courtyard. These are my pictures of the steps where he stood and the view he would have had of the courtyard and his imperial gates, which still have the two eagles atop.
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|Front steps of Fontainebleau where Napoleon stood|
to bid farewell to his troops.
|Fontainebleau's full front facade where Napoleon addressed his troops.|
|This is same view Napoleon would have had of courtyard. Do note his Imperial Eagles on gate posts.|