Le Château de Chantilly

Built in the mid-16th century, le Château de Chantilly was destroyed during the French Revolution and re-built in the 1870s. It hosts one of France’s most impressive collections of paintings, indeed the second-largest collection of antique paintings (after the Louvre). It also contains an immense library, housing the collections of the Duke of Aumale.

This first shot was taken on Rue de Connétable heading out of town and towards the Château:


A few hundred metres further, facing le Château:


From the gardens on the opposite side of the Château:


My favourite part of the Château was la chappelle. It contains two separate sections – la chapelle principale, and la chapelle des cœurs des princes de Condé. Below is the main bronze relief in the second section of la chapelle. Originally built to hold the heart of Henri II de Bourbon-Condé in Saint-Paul-Saint-Louis in Paris, the monument was later moved to Chantilly. If you look closely, you can see that the woman on the left (accompanied by a stork and a cherub and representing religion) and the cherub on the right are holding small hearts in their hands; this is because the chapel, in English “The Chapel of the Hearts of the Princes of Condé” contains exactly that – the hearts of several princes of Condé, hidden during the French Revolution and later installed here.


Two more bronze reliefs – one holding the shield of the House of Condé;


and the other, naming Henri II de Bourbon-Condé:


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