Chateau de Chantilly is an impressive castle nestled in one of the biggest forests near Paris and covers approximately 7800 hectares area. The construction of the acropolis started in late 1300 and was completed only in 1800s. Interestingly, it’s one of the few castles, which hasn’t been sold and has been owned only by the different branches of the one and the same family. What makes the castle unique? It’s the home of one of the most incredible museums of historical paintings in France and is the second coming after Louvre in Pairs. Notably, it’s the only museum in France/not including the Louvre/, which houses three paintings by Raphael.
There are approximately 1000 paintings, 2500 drawings and 2500 engravings there. It will take you an hour to get there from Paris. The extravagant architecture is something that can’t be found everywhere. The view the park of the castle offers makes it a great place for lovers of drawing and painting, who can sit there for as long as they want and simply draw. Note that not always those paintings will end up as nature or castle related. The park includes the French style garden with fabulous fountains and ponds designed by Andre Le Notre. The garden is attractive especially during summertime. The grounds are open every day except for Tuesday. Between the April-October period it is open from 10 am to 8 pm.
Many couples even organize their wedding ceremony here though it can cost them an arm and a leg. But isn’t it worth? I believe it is. Not every girl can boast of having a royal wedding.
Chantilly has a rich library and a reading room available only via prior appointment. Reservations are from 9:15am to 5pm on Monday to Friday. Numerous books, which dominate the classical literature, are nestled here and the castle can really proud of having this kind of treasures. The library was established in the years of 1876 and 1877 in the Petit Chateau and was made to be a room both for reading and working. The library includes a most valuable collection of the 19th and 20th century French books and manuscripts, therefore the castle presents great value for international history and culture.
Lastly, Chantilly Castle is place for a most pleasant walk, which offers a perfect opportunity to explore the medieval secrets of the history. So binevenu to Chantilly!