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Chateau de Chantilly

Chateau de Chantilly, 60500 Chantilly, France
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Ranked #1 of 10 Attractions in Chantilly
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Gardens, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Art Museums
Owner description: Le Domaine de Chantilly s'etend sur 7 800 hectares au sein de l'une des plus grandes forets des environs de Paris. Il est compose du chateau et de son... more » Owner description: Le Domaine de Chantilly s'etend sur 7 800 hectares au sein de l'une des plus grandes forets des environs de Paris. Il est compose du chateau et de son musee Conde, du parc et de ses jardins, des grandes ecuries et de leur musee du cheval. Constitue depuis le Moyen-Age par les differents proprietaires (Anne de Montmorency, les Bourbon-Conde dont le Grand Conde, cousin de Louis XIV, Henri d'Orleans, duc d'Aumale), cet ensemble represente donc un patrimoine aux facettes multiples et le plus grand exemple en France d'un domaine princier. Le chateau abrite le Musee Conde, lequel est constitue des appartements princiers, d'une collection exceptionnelle de peintures - plus de 800 chefs d'oeuvres d'artistes tels que Botticelli, Raphael, Poussin, Delacroix - qui en fait le premier musee de peintures anciennes (avant 1850) en France apres le musee du Louvre et d'une bibliotheque et d'archives qui conservent plus de 13 000 ouvrages dont le manuscrit le plus precieux au monde : "Les Tres Riches Heures du duc de Berry". Le parc offre quant a lui un panorama grandiose de l'art du jardin occidental : jardin a la francaise dessine par Le Notre au XVIIe siecle, le Hameau qui inspira Marie-Antoinette, le jardin anglo-chinois du XVIIIe siecle, et le jardin anglais du XIXe siecle. « less
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

After a very pleasant tour of the chateau, we took the little train for a trip around the grounds and this was very pleasant with nice music and commentary in French and English.

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Paris, France
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

Just one hour from Paris, château de chantilly is one of a good choice to spend a weekend in couple. Lunch picnic with the view of the château, afternoon walk in a beautiful english garden, then a romantic dinner & a good sleep at any magnificent hotel in an area...your weekend is perfect!!!

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 NEW

Worth a visit to see the art collection and the library. The audio tour was very interesting and the Musee de Cheval was wonderful.

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Perth
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

We felt rather clever today and caught the metro to Gare de Nord and found the 41 to take us to Chantilly. We couldn't find the free bus and the taxis were taken so we decided to take the 2km stroll to the chateau. We got a bit excited when we saw the first large building but it turned out... More

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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

Of the Chateaux you can visit - Chantilly has such a special atmosphere because of the racecourse and Royal Stables. The Chateau itself is splendid, with beautiful interiors, and with the ecclectic art collection - one of the most impressive private collections in France! (Now actually owned by L'Institut de France) I loved spending time at the stables. Didn't see... More

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

This magnificent château was owned by the richest man in Europe, the Duc d'Aumale, who spared no expense with the lavish interior design, gardens and waterways. As all his heirs died he left everything to the Instititut de France for the public. Each room, from the Main Library with its fabulous ceiling and more than 40,000 books and manuscripts to... More

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Durham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

Wonderful buildings, I loved the moat surrounding the chateau, which was very romantic, lovely canine statutes on the way into the main chateau. The art works are amazing but are set out deliberately in a style of a gallery from two hundred years ago, this means that the best works are not displayed the most prominently, and the Raphaels are... More

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Budapest, Hungary
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

It's a really nice place to visit, and a perfect one-day excursion from Paris. Chantilly can easily be reached by train from Paris, less touristic than Versailles, but with it's parks and chateau it's really worth visiting it. The interior of the chateau is also conserved, and the biggest attraction of the museum is the library and the famous medieval... More

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Marlow
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

Impressive Chateau, glorious setting and fabulous gardens. Well worth a visit. Loved the canine statues too!

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Milan, Italy
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

First something which is hard to find even by extensive googling: The manuscript Tres Riches Heures du Duc de Berry is NOT ON DISPLAY. Like most manuscripts on paper in the world, it cannot be displayed. But the castle and it's grounds are beautiful. The museum has some very nice paintings and the Chateau itself is worth seeing. If you... More

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