Things to see and do - Chantilly
Chantilly, its Horses, Castles and Walks :
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Chantilly, its Horses, Castles and Walks
Chantilly, its Horses, Castles and WalksBy car, 9 km, 1 day
Chantilly was originally the home of the ''Bottler of France'', the king's foremost sommelier. Later it was remodelled by the Grand Condé into a magical place of luxurious finery, filling the Sun King with envy. Home to some of the greatest figures in France, it witnessed the flowering of the 17C. In the 19C it was turned into a high-level equestrian venue a stone's throw from Paris.Customise this route and add it to My travel book
In the stalls dating from the times of the Duke d'Aumale, horses and ponies await you. An exhibition will show you the harnesses, the costumes of the riders, the experience of 13 equestrian disciplines practiced in the world: horse management and related equine occupations (farriery, PMU...) are similarly brought to life. But the crowning glory is the dressage demonstration which ends the visit
This fine building, standing on a lake, is successor to the Chateaux successively embellished by the Duke d'Aumale who had it built in the Renaissance style the present Great Château between 1875 and 1881. In the Little Château you will visit the Princes' apartments those of the Grand Condé and of his descendants: you will see the copy of the magnificent manuscript of Three Rich Hours of the Duke of Berry illuminated in the 15 C by the monks of Limbourg, the drawing room of the monkeys (decorated as it must be with «monkey tricks» by an unknown decorator) Regency wood panelling and stonemasonry, furniture (commode by Riesener) and the Battle Gallery devoted to his own glory by the Grand Condé. In the chapel an altar attributed to Jean Goujon, stained-glass windows coming from the Écouen Chapel and the Henry II of Condé mausoleum brought from the Church of Saint Paul St Louis in Paris. Equally prominent there is the CIPPE containing the chancel of the Condes. The Great Château houses collections put together by the Duke d'Aumale and set out according to his wishes. Paintings which illustrate the eclecticism of his tastes, orientalists like Fromentin, but also Gabrielle d'Estrées au bain of the French 16 C school, Italian paintings (Raphael, Piero di Cosimo), portrait by Ingres, miniatures by Lippi, works by Clouet, stained-glass windows illustrating the lovers of Psyche, gem cabinet... a fabulous collection by an art lover.
Laid out by Le Nôtre for the Grand Condé, it dazzled Louis XIV. The Sun King, jealous as he was, wished to have the same water games for himself at Versailles! Even if very little remains of the work of Le Nôtre, strolling through, you will discover the superb English garden (1820) sprinkled with «monuments», St John's Chapel built by Anne de Montmorency in 1538, a fan shaped waterfall, the Hamlet (1775), witches earlier than that at Trianon, the Grand Canal and the English Channel.
More than just a Chateau, this is an old mill renovated in the troubadour style for the last Count who used it, in 1825, as a hunting lodge. It owes its name to a legendary castle built by of Blanche of Navarre in 1350. Hundred year-old beech trees embellish the site
On the banks and causeways separating the areas of water, agreeable walk are possible around these pools that the Chaalis monks have adapted into fish breeding grounds.