Château de Chantilly – Under the Dome

Before we head inside for a dressage demonstration, I thought I’d share a photo of one of the horses practicing its fancy trot outside. I say trot but, let’s be serious. It could have been a simple walk, or a canter or a trot. I don’t know the difference, but my limited horse related knowledge (and fairly decent deduction skills) tell me this isn’t a gallop!

Inside, under the impressive 28 metre dome, we found seats and waited for the performance to begin – along with every small child from this area of the country. Thankfully they were well-behaved under the watchful eyes of their teachers.

A pretty fountain adorned the wall next to us.

And looking up at the dome above was interesting.

The children I started getting restless and thought the show would never begin. Just as I had given up all hope, 2 horses appeared!

The commentary was en français, which we couldn’t understand. Sadly there soon wasn’t enough to keep us entertained, so we made an early exit and headed back towards town.

Because the fabled Chantilly Cream was screaming our names. If you’re interested in revisiting that droolworthy post, it can be found here.

This marks the last of my Château de Chantilly visit, and I hope you’ve enjoyed it. Check back tomorrow for my next Thursday Doors installation.

Bonne journée!


Château de Chantilly – One Last Look

Sadly, it’s almost time to say goodbye to the château and move onto another area of the sprawling estate. But before we do, let’s take a look at some of the interesting things that I saw that didn’t fit in nicely with any of my previous posts.

I hope you’ve enjoyed following along with me on my trip down memory lane. I’ll be back tomorrow with the horse museum. Until then..

Bonne journée!


Thursday Doors – Chantilly

I know, I know. My contribution to Thursday Doors last week was also from Château de Chantilly. But this week’s door is different, and you’ll soon see why I wanted to share it.

While last week’s door was over the top shiny and gold, understandably not to everyone’s taste, this week’s is more natural.

I immediately noticed the carving, with the crown and Fleur de Lys (which is pretty standard for French Châteaux in my experience).

But another feature I really liked was the door’s hardware.

(Eek.. sorry for the blurriness)

Aren’t they lovely with their intricate details? If I wasn’t feeling so lazy right now, I’d get up and take a photo of the door to our apartment to share as comparison. It’s depressingly boring and drab. Le sigh.

Tomorrow I’ve got the third Alphabet series post scheduled to be published, but will be back the day after that with more Château de Chantilly. Until then..

Bonne journée!


Thursday Doors is a weekly feature allowing door lovers to come together to admire and share their favorite door photos from around the world. Feel free to join in on the fun by creating your own Thursday Doors post each week and then sharing your link in the comments section over at Norm’s blog, anytime between Thursday morning and Saturday noon (North American eastern time).

Château de Chantilly – The Chapel

Much of Château de Chantilly was demolished after The Revolution, and when it was later rebuilt in the late 1800s it was architect Honoré Daumet who was tasked with creating a chapel that would not only serve as a place of worship – but also as a new home for the Condé Hearts.

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Château de Chantilly – The Reading Room

We already know that The Duke of Aumale was a fan and collector of fine art. But I was surprised to learn that he was also an enthusiastic bibliophile. In fact, during his life he collected a staggering 60,000 volumes. Of those, almost 19,000 are on public display.

The Reading Room at Château de Chantilly is everything you’d expect of a fancy rich person. Floor to ceiling shelves, rich wood, moody lighting, display cabinets and a nice place to sit by the fire.

One of the most impressive pieces in The Duke’s collection is The Très Riches Heures of Jean, Duc de Berry. Originally commissioned by John, Duke of Berry and created by the Limbourg Brothers between 1412 and 1416, The Book of Hours eventually made its way into The Duke’s collection at Château de Chantilly in 1856.

If I’m correct in my understanding, the book of hours was popular during Middle Ages and was a collection of Christian prayers to be said at specific times throughout the day (canonical hours).

On display is a replica, as the original is considered too valuable to show. Understandable, given that conserving such an important historical piece is more important than allowing people like me to drool on it.

But even for a replica, I was taken by the intricate details of the miniature paintings and the way the colours jump from the parchment pages.

Bonne journée!


Château de Chantilly – The Gallery of Painting and The Rotunda

The Gallery of Painting is the main event of the Condé Gallery at Château de Chantilly. It’s the largest room of the chateau and features 85 pieces of the collection that once belonged to the Duke of Aumale.

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King Henry IV Wax Mask

Wax masks (often referred to as death masks) were once the preferred way to memorialize a person’s likeness, and could be used to create statues or busts or other pieces of artwork long after the person had passed away.

Newer technology means that documenting physical features can now easily be done with forensic photography.

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Château de Chantilly – The Stag Gallery

Imagine, if you will, that you’re an esteemed artistic or intellectual member of society back at the end of the 19th Century. You’ve received an invite from the Duke of Aumale to visit him at his impressive country home on the outskirts of Chantilly this coming Sunday.

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