Chantilly Castle is a romantic 16th century château, located inside 7,000 acres of beautiful parkland. Château de Chantilly compromises of two buildings, the Grand Château, which was destroyed during the French Revolution but reconstructed in 1897, and the Petit Château, which was built in 1560 for French soldier, diplomat and statesman, Anne de Montmorency.
The Petit Château, which is open to the public, houses the art museum Musée Conde. It possesses some of the best works of historical art in the country, with special emphasis on French paintings and book illuminations. The Tribune Room shows Botticelli's 'Autumn', Sassetta's 'Mystic Marriage of St Francis' and other masterpieces.
The library of the Petit Château contains over 700 manuscripts and 12,000 books, including one of the original Gutenberg Bibles. The extensive parkland offers visitors the chance to take a delightful excursion. It was designed by Andre Le Notre, and features parterres and fountains, as well as an English garden with a cascade and pavilions.