The Château de Chantilly is located in Chantilly (Oise), France, in a remarkable Valley of the Nonette, a tributary of the Oise.
Louis-Sebastien Mercier wrote in 1781:
"I have not found anything comparable in Chantilly around the capital. Thirty trips in this enchanted place have not yet exhausted my admiration. This is the best wedding have ever made art and nature. "
With the exception of "Little Castle", built in the sixteenth century by John Bull, the present castle is a reconstruction of the nineteenth century to plans by the architect Honoré Daumet for the last son of King Louis-Philippe I, Henry of Orleans, Duke of Aumale (1822-1897), heir to the Chantilly area, who installed his collections of paintings, drawings and rare books. He bequeathed all at the Institute of France, as the Condé Museum.
The castle occupies the site of a medieval fortress. The stables, built from 1719 to 1740, is a masterpiece of the architect Jean Aubert and now house the Living Horse Museum. The gardens are one of the most remarkable creations of André Le Nôtre.
The city of Chantilly has developed to the west of the castle during and after the French Revolution.
The Chateau de Chantilly is the subject of a classification as historical monuments since April 2, 1963, extended October 24, 1988.
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