The Castle of Chantilly is one of the jewels in the crown of France’s cultural heritage. The domaine of Chantilly extends across 7,800 hectares within one of the largest forests in the surrounding areas of Paris, the Trois Forêts (Chantilly, Halatte and Ermenonville).
The castle’s art gallery, the Condé Museum, houses one of the finest collections of paintings in France (after the Louvre) It specializes in French paintings and book illuminations of the 15th and 16th centuries.
The chateau houses the Condé Museum, whose collection of paintings made up the first museum of old paintings (before 1850) in France, after the Louvre, as well as the library and archives which hold rich collections of work and written documents gathered throughout the centuries by the Lords of Chantilly.
The park is a unique testimony to the history of gardens in the West. Conventional perspectives of the Grand Canal, its waterfall, and French flowerbeds created by André Le Nôtre; and the Anglo-Chinese garden, the Hameau, with its five houses built for the Prince of Condé in 1775, as well as the romantic curved design of the English gardens.