Chantilly stands “like a swan resting on the water” in the midst of flowerbeds designed by famous landscape architect Le Nôtre, which he preferred to those at Versailles (which he also designed). The Duke d’Aumale’s collection of 15th to 19th-century paintings ranks second only to the Louvre in importance. Every single object and painting remains exactly as the Duke left it 120 years ago. Visiting this unique museum is a stirring experience, more like wandering around the house of a Prince than a museum! Some of these paintings, drawings, prints, photographs and precious objects are extremely moving. Enjoy your own moment of grace as you contemplate the harmonious curves and perfect forms of Raphael’s Three Graces in the Santuario.