The name Chantilly brings to mind a château, a forest, a race course and the world of horse racing in general. Because of its remarkable setting, its park and the treasures in its museum, the Château de Chantilly is considered one of the major sights in France. The chateau left in shambles after the revolution, is of interest mainly because of its gardens and a number of superb paintings;. Its consisted of two building entered through the same vestibule. The Petit Château was built around 1560 and the attached Renaissance style Grand Château, completely demolished during the revolution, was rebuilt by the Duke of Aumale. The Grand Château contains the Musée Condé
Its unremarkable 19th century rooms are adorned with furnishings, paintings and sculptures. The most remarkable works are hidden away in a small room called the Sanctuaire, including paintings by Raphaël.
The chateau of Chantilly is surrounded by 115 hectares of park, with uniquely diverse gardens; a French style garden designed by Lenotre (17th century), the Anglo-Chinese garden with Hamlet, which was the inspiration for Marie Antoinette’s garden (18th century) and the romantic English garden (19th century), with its temple of Venus and the island of love.