When water works become an art form

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  • Meeting point : At the foot of the Castle’s stairway
  • 2.30-4 PM (tbc)
  • By M. Arnaud Amelot, Director of Buildings and Gardens of the Château de Fontainebleau, Built Heritage Architect
  • English translation :organization in progress

Guided tour of the hydraulic facilities of the Castle

Context/ Background :Understanding the insertion of the Castle of Fontainebleau and its gardens in this very specific landscape warrants consideration of the geographical, topographical, geological and hydraulicaspects all at once. In this respect, Fontainebleau prevailed by the domestication of the wild waters of the territory, first and foremostthe « ru » - a « ru » is a small river - of Changis, which conditioned the development of the domain over a millennium.

Guided tour :You will discover the different parts of the hydraulic system that allowed to stage the domain of Fontainebleau through water features and fountains, enhancing the castle’sprestigein the hierarchy of French large royal homes. A walk through the historic developments of the "Fontaine Belle Eau", the water tower, the pond, the water mirror, the fountains, or the aqueducts, will allow you to understand the remarkabletechnological innovation that took place on this site.