Fontainebleau

Fontainebleau (/ˈfɒntɪnˌbl/; French pronunciation: [fɔ̃tɛnblo])[2] is a commune in the metropolitan area of Paris, France. It is located 55.5 kilometres (34.5 mi) south-southeast of the centre of Paris. Fontainebleau is a sub-prefecture of the Seine-et-Marne department, and it is the seat of the arrondissement of Fontainebleau. The commune has the largest land area in the Île-de-France region; it is the only one to cover a larger area than Paris itself. The commune is closest to Seine-et-Marne Prefecture, Melun.

Fontainebleau
Location of Fontainebleau
Fontainebleau
Fontainebleau
Coordinates: 48°24′35″N 2°42′09″E
CountryFrance
RegionÎle-de-France
DepartmentSeine-et-Marne
ArrondissementFontainebleau
CantonFontainebleau
IntercommunalityCA Pays de Fontainebleau
Government
  Mayor (20202026) Frédéric Valletoux
Area
1
172.05 km2 (66.43 sq mi)
Population
 (Jan. 2018)[1]
15,407
  Density90/km2 (230/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
  Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code
77186 /77300
Elevation42–150 m (138–492 ft)
(avg. 69 m or 226 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

Fontainebleau, together with the neighbouring commune of Avon and three other smaller communes, form an urban area of 36,298 inhabitants (according to the 2011 census). This urban area is a satellite of Paris.

Fontainebleau is renowned for the large and scenic forest of Fontainebleau, a favourite weekend getaway for Parisians, as well as for the historic Château de Fontainebleau, which once belonged to the kings of France. It is also the home of INSEAD, one of the world's most elite business schools.

Inhabitants of Fontainebleau are sometimes called Bellifontains.


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