This summer we took a little one day trip to Chantilly which turned out to be more than amazing.
Chantilly is a town in Oise department, Picardie. It’s situated 38.4 km (23.9 miles) north-northeast from the centre of Paris and has a population of 11,000 people.
The story of Chantilly starts in 1484 when the estate got owned by the Montmorency family. In 1632 the estate passed to Louis de Bourbon known as le Grand Condé. He built a new road (rue Gouvieux, now rue du Connétable) and guesthouses, workshops for the artisans of the château, and lodgings appeared on both sides of the road. That’s how the town was started. The château was destroyed during the French Revolution and rebuilt in 1870s.
Nowadays Chantilly is a perfect place to get away from the big city noise for a day or two. It takes only 25 minutes to get to the station Chantilly-Gouveaux from parisian Gare du Nord. The trains are daily.
The main attractions of Chantilly (apart from silence and fresh air) are:
- Château de Chantilly and its gardens designed by André Le Nôtre.
- Musée Condé with one of the oldest collection of historic art and old master paintings.
- The Great Stables with the Living Museum of the Horse which holds regular Horse shows, as well as the Hippodrome (think the worldwide famous Prix de Diane horse race).
- Église Notre-Dame-de-l’Assomption de Chantilly – a beautiful XVII century church
- Porte Saint-Denis – unfinished gates to the city of Chantilly dated 1740
We decided not to visit Château de Chantilly this time as it’d take a whole day and we wanted to keep it chill. We made a mini trip to Senlis instead. And this stunning ancient city definitely deserves a separate post.