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Museums and sights

Palace of Fontainebleau

The Château de Fontainebleau is a big part of French history! This vast building, in both classical and Renaissance style, is not only famous for witnessing Napoleon's imperial adventure.


Melun

The town of Melun, which houses the department's administrative offices, has grown around its island and on the banks of the Seine since it was established over 2,000 years ago. It was a royal town from the 11th century and through the Middle Ages, and still features a wealth of prestigious monuments.


Chateau Vaux-le-Vicomte

This 17th century masterpiece combines the genius of three highly talented artists brought together by Nicolas Fouquet: the architect, Louis Le Vau, the decorator, Charles Le Brun, and the landscape architect André Le Nôtre.


Maison de la Faïence

Discover the earthenware activity of Rubelles at the village's museum devoted to its memory.


Château Blandy-les-Tours

Blandy-les-Tours is a medieval fortress last one left as well restaured in the Ile-de-France region.


Lieu de Mémoire Leroy

The factory of Europe's first wallpaper manufacturer, Leroy, was established in 1912 in Ponthierry where it played an important role in the growth of the local economy, until it closed in 1982.


National Gendarmerie museum in Melun

For the first time ever, the Gendarmerie Nationale Museum puts its heritage on display to the general public. A rich collection as diverse as it is plentiful, to immerse the visitor in the past of this institution (duties, lifestyle, resources, etc.).


Musée numérique Micro-Folie Melun

The Micro-Folie digital museum is accessible to all. It brings together in one place more than 1,000 masterpieces from the most prestigious national museums.
The pieces are digitised in high definition and projected onto a large screen. They can be viewed from a tablet.


Melun municipal Museum

Located in the Vicountcy House, a 16th century home that belonged to Nicolas Fouquet, the Melun museum was created in 1860.


Le pont de Maincy

Le Pont de Maincy est situé dans le hameau de Trois-Moulins, près du "Moulin d'en bas". Il traverse l'Almont, et fut construit en 1822 par le colonel Thomson pour accéder à sa demeure (château de Coudray).


Abbaye Notre Dame du Lys

The Cistercian abbey of Notre Dame du Lys was founded by Saint Louis and his mother, Blanche of Castille, in 1244. The nuns, who came from the abbey of Maubuisson, moved in in 1248.


Barbizon

Welcome to the landscape painter’s village at the edge of the Fontainebleau forest.

This charming village between fields and forest was a homestead to many painters who made the place famous throughout the world.


Museum Henri Chapu

Drawings, small-scale models and gips models of the French sculptor Henri Chapu (1833-1891), distinguished by the prix de Rome in 1855.


Air and space museum SAFRAN in Réau

Aircrafts, motors and space propulsion are the main issues of a unique collection set up in this museum.


Collégiale Saint Martin de Champeaux

Dès le VII siècle, Sainte Fare fonde ici un prieuré dépendant de Faremoutiers (monastère de femmes).


Eglise Saint-Aspais

The gothic church of Saint-Aspais, a listed Historical Monument, is Melun's largest church. This striking "irregular trapezoidal" structure features sculptures, 16th-century stained glass windows and a steeple that all add to its uniqueness.


Collégiale Notre-Dame

Notre-Dame Collegiate Church is a listed Historical Monument. Founded by King Robert le Pieux, it is an example of Romanesque art from 11th-century Melun.


Le Prieuré Saint-Sauveur

Saint-Sauveur priory is one of Melun's oldest monuments. Its remains were added to the historical monuments list in 1946.


Hôtel de Ville

Successively a convent, a luxury dwelling and a tax office, this 19th-century building in Melun is now the Town Hall.


Place de la Préfecture

The square named Place de la Préfecture has played an important role in Melun's history since the Middle Ages. Saint-Père Abbey and Saint-Barthélémy Church both stood here. The square is now occupied by the Seine-et-Marne prefecture and departmental council.


La fontaine et la place Saint-Jean

Place Saint Jean, where once stood a fortified gate, is now a busy central square featuring a 19th-century fountain.


Crédits photo

  • Office de Tourisme de Melun Val de Seine
  • Ville de Melun Val de Seine
  • Julien Meneret
  • Didier Paris
  • Collectif Images
  • Alticlic
  • Pascal Gaël
  • Jérome Mignon
  • Michel d’Anastasio
  • Frederic Miel
  • Sophie Loyd
  • Thierry Benne
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