North of Paris / Nord de Paris
OISE: CHANTILLY Equestrian Extravaganzas Féérie équestre
The horse has accompanied man and mankind since Antiquity and this story through the centuries is explored inside the 15 rooms of the Musée du Cheval nestled inside the Great Stables of the Domain of Chantilly with some 200 objects brought together to explore the diversity of this on-going relationship. The museum delves into all civilisations and all periods illustrated by a wide diversity of objects ranging from paintings to engravings, sculptures and, too, carts, tools for horse tack and harnesses and books. A highlight of the visit is the panoramic projection of Parade that plunges the visitor into horses from cave paintings to the Westerns and even research into anatomy by artists of the Renaissance.
Meanwhile, beneath the splendid dome of the Great Stables of Chantilly, the seven talented horsewomen of the Equestrian Company of the Domain of Chantilly are performing in a colourful and thrilling show entitled Fantaisies Equestres, an ensemble of numbers created by the company’s artistic director Sophie Bienaimé and her horsewomen and which showcases the company’s young horses. The numbers from the Russian Princes show performed at Chantilly are given a place of honour as well with moving sequences played out to the sound of violins and the accordion. The show runs from July 12th through to August 20th.
And the Jumping International of Chantilly, surrounded by the Great Stables and the Castle of Chantilly, will be welcoming the finest equestrian show jumpers in the world during the last leg of the Longines Global Champions Tour from July 13th through to July 16th with admission being free of charge. 03 44 27 31 80 - www.domainedechantilly.com - www.jumping-chantilly.com SNCF train from the Gare du Nord Paris-chantilly 25 minutes
The splendid Great Stables of Chantilly, part of the French Institute, were conceived by one of Mansart's brilliant students, Jean Aubert. They were built between 1719 and 1735 for Louis Henri de Bourbon, the seventh Prince of Condé who inherited the domain in 1710, and they could house 240 horses. Historic monuments since 1963, they are a masterpiece of classical French-style architecture.