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The Chateau Chantilly is restoration that has much to recommend a visit

Although many visit Chantilly to see the Chateau, the area is also very popular with the French and other Europeans for golf, horse racing and leisure holidays.

The Château Chantilly was owned by the Montmorency family and its branches, including the Orgemonts', Bourbon-Condes' and the Orleans' families  between the 14th and 19th centuries.

The Château was very popular with the French monarchy and numerous royal visitors sojourned here.  Unfortunately, the Château was looted and then destroyed at the time of the French Revolution.

Chantilly was reconstructed in the 19th century to house  the Condé Museum.

Château de Chantilly

Less than an hour drive (30 miles) north of Paris (or by train from Gare du Nord and taxi from the station)), the Château de Chantilly features the Condé Museum that is known for its excellent art collection. Chantilly has impressive grounds and the Chateau and its setting are picturesque.
       The Chateau Chantilly hosts the excellent Conde Museum.


The original Grand Château was destroyed during the Revolution and today’s Château, while interesting, is less important than either Versailles or Fontainebleau. The grounds are extensive and a wonderful place for walking.  The Château and gardens are open every day except Tuesday.  Visit the official website of Château de Chantilly for more information on visiting .

The Grand Appartments including the apartments of the Princes de Conde are worth viewing due to the quality of materials used and the elegance that they radiate.  In addition, the Petite Apartments (private rooms) of the Duc and Duchesse d'Aumale are quite spectacular.  The Gallery of Painting's superb collection is historical in nature (before 1850 and reputed to be one of the largest collections in France.

If you are a horse fan, you might be interested in visiting the Musée Vivant du Cheval (the Living Museum of the Horse). The museum occupies the former Grand Stables of the Château de Chantilly. In summer, the museum offers a equestrian show most evenings. For more information, visit the official site of the museum here . Note, there is a substantial, ongoing rehabilitation effort at the stables  and the exhibition rooms may not always be available for touring.

     Water is a unifying theme at Chateau Chantilly

The town of Chantilly, which lies just outside of the Ile-de France region in Picardie, is also known for horse racing (at the Hippodrome de Chantilly) and is very popular with Europeans for golf-related vacations.

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