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Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Château de Chantilly

It's been a long cold winter and we haven't taken many photo excursions outside the city. The sun finally made an appearance yesterday, and despite unseasonably cold temperatures we decided to visit the Château of Chantilly about an hour north of Paris.

The château, almost completely destroyed during the French revolution, was rebuilt from the ground up in the late 1800s by its last owner, Henri of Orleans, the Duke of Aumale.  The Duke was a military man and art collector. He created the Condé Museum to house the château's magnificent collection of paintings, furnishings, books, manuscripts and art treasures.  The site also houses the Living Museum of the Horse (Musée du cheval)

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