New horse museum next to world’s grandest stables

New horse museum next to world's grandest stablesExcerpt: At the end of the 19th century, in 1886, the Duke of Aumale, fifth son of King Louis-Philippe and last resident of the Chantilly Estate, donated his property – the château, hippodrome, stables, forest, Condé Museum, library and archives – to the French Institute under the condition that everything be maintained in its state.

The work on the rooms housing the museum and the Grand Stables is part of a $US3.3 million makeover led by the fourth Aga Khan.

The work he supported included desperately needed roof repairs and work to address problems with water seepage from the nearby lake.

The Chantilly Estate already attracts 160,000 visitors a year, drawn to its so-called “Live Horse Museum”, which is home to 30 breeds of horses, including 10-year-old Dilraj – the only Indian Marwari horse in Europe.

via Featured, News – Horsetalk.co.nz.
Related: CNN: Spiritual leader Aga Khan funds royal horse stables museum

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