- The Palace of Fontainbleau, one of the most important palaces of the French monarchy, with additions from almost every monarch since Francis I
- Seats of the medieval Kingdom in Landon, Montargis, Nemours, and the “fictional” castle in Guedelon
- The forest of Fontainbleau and Gâtinais Natural Park and the preserved hunting domains of the French crown
Ile-de-France and the Orleans regions of the old French Kingdom each claimed half of Gâtinais. However, both realms were always under the de jure control of the French crown, and the division was purely administrative. Gâtinais today is largely lost between the modern Ile-de-France region and the Loiret.
Historically there is little to write about in terms of regional identity. The forests and palace of Fontainbleau dominate the northern half. In the south, the Loire River is the primary driver of economic and cultural activity. In this sense, the modern administrative boundaries of the Loiret Department make sense.
- Accommodation: 8
- Transportation: 6
- Volume/Capacity: 6
- Infrastructure: 8
- Interactivity: 10
- Context: 7
- Monuments: 10
- Quality: 10
- Abstraction: 5
- Tradition: 3