The 18th-century Great Stables of the Château de Chantilly have been expertly preserved as the Living Museum of the Horse, a unique museum-within-a-stable showcasing the horse as a living work of art. Have a peek inside!
What better way to maintain and preserve one of the most exquisite and opulent stables of the Baroque period than by turning it into a living museum, full of equally exquisite horses?
Originally built by Louis Henri, the Prince of Condé, to house over 200 horses and several hundred hunting hounds, the Great Stables were developed a couple centuries years later by Yves Bienaimé. A riding master who was saddened by the now-derelict stables, Bienaimé created the museum within the stables and facility to showcase the horse as a living work of art.
Now managed by Bienaimé’s daughter Sophie, the museum houses 31 horses of various breeding. The horses perform daily in riding and liberty demonstrations by the museum employees and developing horsewomen. Approximately 200,000 visitors pass through the museum annually.
Learn more by visiting the venue’s website here.
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