The city of Chantilly, within the Picardy area of France, is about 40 kilometres north of Paris and 10 kilometres to the west of Senlis.
There are a number of websites and locations of curiosity to go to in Chantilly though there are two specific options for which the city is thought: the Château de Chantilly and whipped cream! Chantilly is listed as a ‘city of artwork and historical past’.
The citadel would be the first port of name for a lot of guests right here, and certainly many get no additional. It’s helpful to grasp that the citadel falls into two separate components: the sixteenth century Petit Chateau and the Nineteenth century Chateau Neuf, which is a considerable rebuild of an earlier chateau that stood right here earlier than the Revolution.
There’s a nice deal to see each inside and outside the Chateau de Chantilly, together with two vital museums, the stables and 115 hectares of gardens and parkland so permit loads of time for a go to.
Within the Petit Chateau you will note the residing lodging because it was furnished within the 18th century and within the Chateau Neuf you may see the artwork collections, library and the chapel.
Across the citadel you may discover the attractive French model formal gardens in addition to the very intensive park that surrounds the property gardens and intensive parkland to discover. Probably the most exceptional characteristic is the massive quantity of lakes and ponds, so you might be usually seeing the buildings mirrored in water – very charming.
Inside the citadel you may also go to the Condé Museum. This artwork museum has a big assortment principally of artwork from the Seventeenth-Nineteenth centuries and is finest identified for its assortment of work by artists of the 18th-Nineteenth centuries together with Delacroix and Corot.
See our information to the Chateau de Chantilly.
Different locations of curiosity in Chantilly
Horse fanatic will definitely need to go to the Grand Stables (‘Les Grandes Écuries’), a really substantial 18th century constructing which continues to be used for demonstrations of dressage and different spectacles. It’s house to the ‘Dwelling Museum of the Horse’ (musée vivant du cheval), a well-liked museum with quite a few artefacts referring to horses from horse-pulled carriages to work and drawings.
The horse theme continues with Chantilly Hippodrome. This was constructed subsequent to the Les Grandes Écuries within the Nineteenth century and is among the most vital racecourses in France.
A second backyard in Chantilly, extra modest in scale but in addition attention-grabbing to go to, is the Potager des Princes. Initially used for elevating pheasants then left to desert for an extended interval the backyard has now been restored and developed and consists of varied backyard areas (eg a japanese backyard, a bamboo backyard, a potager…) and water options in addition to birds and an animal park. The Potager des Princes could be very widespread with guests with youngsters.
Within the centre of Chantilly, a couple of minutes from the citadel, one of the crucial imposing buildings is the moulin des princes (additionally referred to as the Pavillon de Manse) on the banks of the river Nonette.
The historical past of the constructing is attention-grabbing: it was constructed within the Seventeenth century to guard the machine that ensured there was at all times loads of water for the fountains and lakes on the Chateau de Chantilly. In recent times the unique equipment has been renovated and reconstructed and might now be visited.
One of many prettiest homes within the city, and one thing of a distinction to all of the grand buildings you will have seen to this point, is the Hôtel de Beauvais. Constructed within the first half of the sixteenth century at 12, Rue du Connétable that is the oldest homes in Chantilly. There are different attention-grabbing homes to find in case you observe alongside Rue de Connétable such because the Hôtel Quinquempoix (no. 50) and the hôtel d’Andigné de la Chasse (no. 74).
One other notable monument right here in Chantilly is the Church of Notre-Dame de l’Assomption, additionally constructed within the Seventeenth century. The church is most attention-grabbing for its grand entrance and for the assorted artworks and ornamental components contained in the church.
There are a number of different locations of curiosity to see – go to the Chantilly Vacationer Workplace (at 73 rue du Connétable) for a leaflet suggesting a path to observe as you discover the city centre.
Points of interest close by
The principal points of interest near the city are the probabilities to benefit from the pure atmosphere of the Chantilly Forest and alongside the valley of the Nonette River. The forest could be very intensive and incorporates quite a few trails and possibilities to understand the natural world of the area.
Among the many most picturesque villages near Chantilly we advise you’re taking a stroll round Coye-la-Foret (inside Chantilly Forest) to see the Fort of the White Queen (‘Château de la Reine-Blanche’) in a stunning place on the Comelles Ponds.