The Ismaili: Building on a duke’s legacy: Mawlana Hazar Imam gives back in his own neighbourhood of Chantilly

The Ismaili: Building on a duke’s legacy: Mawlana Hazar Imam gives back in his own neighbourhood of Chantilly
Mawlana Hazar Imam takes part in a ribbon cutting, marking the completion of four new projects in the Domaine de Chantilly and the opening of the Delacroix art exhibition in the Salle du Jeu de Paume. Photo: Gary Otte/theismaili.org

In 1884, Henri Eugène Philippe Louis d’Orléans, a prince of France better known as the duc d’Aumale (Duke of Aumale), bequeathed a 20 thousand-acre estate to the Institut de France. The ancient property — whose records can be traced as far back as the 14th century — included a park, manicured gardens, a grand stables, and the historic Chateau de Chantilly.

But by the turn of the 21st century, time had taken its toll. The lustre of the Domaine de Chantilly had faded, and although the great maîtres d’œuvres and the equestrian tradition continued to draw visitors, the property required extensive upgrading and restoration, as well as a comprehensive plan to sustain its future.

More: www.theismaili.org.
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