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Fontainebleau Commune in France

Fontainebleau is a commune in the metropolitan area of Paris, France and is located 55km to the South Southeast from the centre of Paris.

Fontainebleau is a sous-prefecture of the Seine-et-Marne department, and is the seat of the Arrondissement of Fontainebleau.

The only one larger than Paris itself, this commune has the largest land area in the Ile-de-France region.


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Fontainebleau Commune in France

Fontainebleau, together with the neighbouring commune of Avon and three other smaller communes, forms an urban area with around 36,500 inhabitants and this urban area is a satellite city of Paris.

Fontainebleau is renowned for its large and scenic Forest of Fontainebleau, which is a favourite weekend getaway for the people of Paris, as well as for the historical Ch?teau de Fontainebleau of the kings of France.

The people residing in Fontainebleau are known as Bellifontains.

Fontainebleau was temporarily renamed Fontaine-la-Montagne during the French Revolution, which means Fountain by the Mountain and refers to the series of rocky formations located in the Forest of Fontainebleau.

During the 1950s and 1960s, Fontainebleau was home to the HQ Allied Forces Central Europe (AFCENT) before being moved to Brunssum in the Netherlands.  This was after President de Gaulle decided that he no longer needed NATO atomic weapons on French soil as France had now established its own nuclear arsenal.

Fontainebleau is a popular tourist destination with around 300,000 people visiting the palace and about 11 million people visiting the famous forest.

Two stations on the Transilien Paris to Lyon suburban rail line serve Fontainebleau.

The closest station to the town centre of Fontainebleau is located at the border between the commune of Fontainebleau and the commune of Avon, on the Avon side of the border.

Fontainebleau forest

The Fontainebleau forest surrounds the city and numerous villages.

The Forest of Fontainebleau covers an impressive area of 25,000 hectares, which is bounded on the northeast by the River Seine

It is protected by France's Office National des Forets and is recognised as a national park in which to conserve its wild plants and trees along with its valuable population of birds, mammals and butterflies.

It is a former royal hunting park often visited by walkers and horse riders with numerous hiking trails and footpaths in place, plus it is also very popular destination among climbers and in particular, the wild Gorges de Franchard is a place where rock-climbers will often learn a good part of their skills.

The Fontainebleau forest consists mainly of sand and sandstone, but with its hills, deep gorges and the very old trees, this fantastic landscape offers an ideal place for painters.

And according to legend, Richard The Lionheart gave the Fontainbleau Forest to Robin Hood!

Fontainebleau Commune in France

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