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Restoration drama: visiting Château de Chantilly thanks in large part to the Aga Khan 2019-05-28

Tuesday, 2019, May 28
The Château de Chantilly JÉRÔME HOUYVET
Lisa Grainger

France’s finest princely apartments at the Château de Chantilly are open to the public for the first time, thanks in large part to the Aga Khan

Great neighbours are an asset for any property, but for Domaine de Chantilly, they were invaluable. For more than a century, the 16th-century Château de Chantilly – on a 20,000-acre estate about 30 miles north of Paris, and featuring the grandest stables in Europe – had lain abandoned. Its once fashionable furniture, created for a royal hunting palace that rivalled Versailles, stood faded and dusty. It housed France’s second biggest collection of antique paintings after the Louvre, but its artworks were cracked, and its parquet floors buckled with damp.

The château had once been the opulent pleasure palace of Henri d’Orléans, Duke of Aumale, the son of France’s last king and one of the richest men of his time,

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