One of the largest of France’s Chateaux, this former monastery was transformed during the Renaissance into a pre-eminent palace for royalty. Only 50 km outside Paris, explore the chateaux and its beautiful courtyards and gardens. Built from 16th until the 18th century, in the 16th century Francois I transformed the castle into a Renaissance palace decorated by Florentine artists. The castle was made into a national museum in 1870. Visit the majestic “Cour du Cheval-Blanc” with the statue of Marcus Aurelius and the famous monumental horseshoe shaped stairway. Inside the chateau, explore the “Grands apartments”, François I’s gallery and the Renaissance Halls, Napoleon I’s room and the museum of Napoleon I.