There are various theories on
the originsof the name Chantilly.
For some, it derives from a Gallo-Roman
named Cantilius whose villa first stood on the
present-daysite of the Château de Chantilly.
Others, however, believe the name is
the translation of “field of lime trees”,
an essence that grows in abundance
in Chantilly Forest.
Even today, lime trees feature
in the town’s coat-of-arms.
Today, the town of Chantilly reflects the typical layout of a town in the 19th century.
The main roads of the small locality wind around the race course, the true heart of the town, and encompass countless landmarks on Chantilly’s cultural and historic landscape, including stone buildings, canals, the large lawn, the historic cemetery, a hidden chapel, the traditional racing stables and much more.
This town, founded by princes, is a blend of original heritage and modern appeal.
Chantilly was awarded the endorsement as an “art and history town” by the Ministry of Culture in 2007. This label recognises its rich heritage and represents a commitment to safeguard and manage this heritage.
To fulfil this commitment, Chantilly promotes quality tourism and organises tours of Chantilly, with guided commentary by theme, and produces exhibitions and documents on the history and heritage so visitors can explore the town in an active way. Chantilly also values young visitors and offers educational workshops on architecture, heritage and town planning.
On the tourist map, Chantilly is part of a strong network of cultural and tourist destinations, a gauge of quality, while developing its own initiatives aimed at both local residents and visitors.
For anyone who wishes to get to know Chantilly, the town offers an exciting programme of events to discover or rediscover many sites unknown to the public, a wonderful opportunity to see the town in a new light.
Hire a guide to take you on a tour of Chantilly and its secrets…
The history of Chantilly is told by its monuments and the names of its streets, such as rue du Connétable or Porte Saint-Denis.
Come and browse this open book in the company of a guide who will help you to “read the town” and explore Chantilly by following the landmarks on its historical landscape.
Standing on the banks of the River Nonette, the town of Chantilly has a strong connection with water. An extensive network of canals runs through the heart of the town: the grand canal, Canal St Jean, Canal de la Machine and Canal de Manse.
The banks of the canal are popular for visitors to Chantilly who can explore the town along its green and peaceful towpaths.
A masterpiece of classical art, Our Lady of the Assumption Church was built from 1687 on the behest of the Princes of Condé to plans designed by Jules Hardouin-Mansart.
Stained glass, altars and paintings all evoke the lives of the Princes and the history of Chantilly through the centuries.
The chapel of St Laurent has conserved a magnificent collection of pharmacy jars dating from the 18th century.
Comprising 119 earthenware jars, the collection is exceptional both from the beauty of the decorations as from what they reveal about the remedies of the time.
In addition to the history of Chantilly, this collection tells us plenty about pharmacies 300 hundred years ago.