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Most beautiful stable in the world Chantilly Grand Stables

Most beautiful stable in the world Chantilly Grand Stables
Resembling a palace, Most beautiful stable in the world Chantilly Grand Stables, northern France

Most beautiful stable in the world Chantilly Grand Stables
French Prince Louis-Henri de Bourbon was so convinced he’d be reincarnated as a horse, that he built the most beautiful, worthy of his rank stable in the world. Thus he left France one of the eighteenth century’s architectural masterpieces. Now Aga Khan IV (full name His Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan IV), billionaire and spiritual leader to the world’s Nizari Ismaili Muslims, is investing $3 million to bring it back to its former glory. The new Museum of the Horse in Chantilly, has been inaugurated June 15th 2013, it aims to be both an art museum and an ethnographic one. It will be informative and educational, and is designed to be attractive to a very wide public both of children and adults. The stables at Chantilly are not only a spectacular feat of architecture, they’re also home to a famous collection of equine artworks and the rarest ponies on the planet.

Chantilly Grand Stables
Built by Prince Louis-Henri de Bourbon in 1719, the 180-meter-long building was the most impressive stable in the world, housing 250 horses and 300 hunting dogs.
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The collections will be exposed in 15 contiguous rooms and will include the following themes: the evolution of the horse and breeds of horses worldwide; technical progress in equine equipment and the use of horse power; the horse’s role in relation to prestige, to war and to hunting. Horse sports and games, and especially racing which put Chantilly on the map since 1834, will also occupy three rooms. A large room will be dedicated to the horse in art, with works by such great artists as Durer, Mantegna, Rubens, Poussin, Oudry, Gericault, Dufy, etc. The last two rooms will show an exceptional ensemble of carousel horses, and will be followed by a cafe where visitors will find refreshments. In the Western part of the Great Stables, two of the most important French historical carriages will be on show, recently restored: the Imperial ladies’ brougham and the Berlin of the duc de Conde.

Chantilly Grand Stables
In 1982, master rider Yves Bienaime helped create a horse museum adjoining the Grand Stables, featuring an eclectic mix of equine artworks and a chance for the public to see rare species of ponies.

The different artworks exhibited will enable both adults and children to understand the extent to which the horse was, and still is, involved with man, right since the beginning of time. Particular care is given to children so the museum becomes a destination for families and friends of the horse – often called man’s noblest conquest.

Chantilly Grand Stables
But by the turn of the 21st century, the building had become a worn shadow of its former glory. Aga Khan IV became involved in an ambitious plan to restore the elegant structure
Chantilly Grand Stables
Chantilly Grand Stables

“I had done this sort of work in the developing world, restoring historic sites, but never here,” said the Aga Khan (center), who also has an office in Chantilly. The $3.3 million makeover was half funded by the renowned horse owner, with the remaining amount covered by the French Ministry of Culture, the region of Picardy and the Institute de France.

Chantilly Grand Stables
The historic site also has 30 breeds of horses, with trainers in distinctive red jackets putting on regular performances for visitors

At more than 180 meters long, roughly the same size as two soccer fields, the stables at Chantilly are not only a spectacular feat of architecture, they’re also home to a famous collection of equine artworks and the rarest ponies on the planet.

Chantilly Grand Stables
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Built almost 300 years ago, in 1719, the Grand Stables was one of the most breathtaking buildings in the world, housing a whopping 250 horses and 300 hunting dogs on the manicured lawns and lakes of the opulent Chantilly Estate.

Chantilly Grand Stables
The Courtyard of the Sheds in May
Chantilly Grand Stables
The Courtyard of the Sheds in May
French Prince Louis-Henri de Bourbon
French Prince Louis-Henri de Bourbon

Charming animals horses are worth building for them museums, palaces, creating art works – paintings, sculpture, photography. Here are the beautiful photographs of Wojtek Kwiatkowski, Polish photographer, in 1954 in Warsaw. As a student, he worked as a buster. At the present time – one of the foremost experts on Arab horses. Became interested in photography four years ago, when he first bought a professional digital camera:

Most beautiful stable in the world Chantilly Grand Stables

Chantilly Grand Stables
‘The elements’. Feather Arabians. Perris, CA
The end of the world near Lublin
The end of the world near Lublin
The elements'. Feather Arabians. Perris, CA
‘The elements’. Feather Arabians. Perris, CA
The end of the world near Lublin
The end of the world near Lublin
The game
The game
'The Knight'. Ludovic Gortva on Urano
‘The Knight’. Ludovic Gortva on Urano
The Secret Garden
The Secret Garden
To be like FUEGO XII
To be like FUEGO XII
Wojtek Kwiatkowski Equine Photography
Wojtek Kwiatkowski Equine Photography
Andalusian stallion
Andalusian stallion
bred by Janow Podlaski State Stud Farm, Poland
bred by Janow Podlaski State Stud Farm, Poland
Bred by Janow Podlaski, State Stud Farm, Poland
Bred by Janow Podlaski, State Stud Farm, Poland
Gorrion G (Quimico III - Delicada XIV), Andalusian stallion. Elevage des Artigues. St. Vivien de Medoc, France
Gorrion G (Quimico III – Delicada XIV), Andalusian stallion. Elevage des Artigues. St. Vivien de Medoc, France
Hello World
Hello World
horse
Gray horse
Lusitano colt. Coudelaria Monte Velho. Arraiolos, Portugal
Lusitano colt. Coudelaria Monte Velho. Arraiolos, Portugal
Memories
Memories
Once Upon a Time in America
Once Upon a Time in America
Portrait of colt in the stable
Portrait of colt in the stable
'Postcard from the paradise'
‘Postcard from the paradise’
Surprise
Surprise

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