Main 'Ecuries' (Stables)

The stables originally housed 240 horses and 500 dogs, divided into different packs for daily hunts that took place throughout the year.  Louis-Henri was so proud of this architecture that he held sumptuous dinners in the monumental 28 m high dome.  Louis XV, the future Czar Paul I and Frederick II of Prussia had diner, accompanied by the tones of the hunting horn.

The French Revolution sounded the death knell for this era, but the larger princely stables were miraculously saved by the army that occupied the area.  Only two statues were destroyed to use the lead for bayonets: the statue and its fountain in the Court of Kennels and the Renown, which overlooked the dome.  Copies of these statues were erected two centuries later in 1989 by Yves Bienaimé who, through sponsorship, donated the statues to the Institut de France.

In the late 19th century, the last owner of the large stables, the Duc d’Aumale, fifth son of King Louis-Philippe, bequeathed the area (the castle, racecourse, stables, forest, museum Condé, etc.) to the Institut de France on condition that everything was maintained in good condition.

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