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Chantilly is a regal horseracing town owing to its racecourse and stables. It is a small city situated in the Picardy region, in northern France. Chantilly has also been twinned with the English racing town of Epsom since 1995.
Chantilly started out with only a chateau. In 1673, Louis II de Bourbon, Prince de Condé, known as le Grand Condé, constructed a street called Gouvieux. The street was lined with guesthouses and lodgings for workers from the chateau, and held workshops for its artists. This forged the beginnings of Chantilly. With the construction of the stables and the beginnings of industries such as lace-making and porcelain, the town grew quickly. The Scottish reformer Thomas Muir sought refuge in Chantilly in 1798 after fleeing Britain. He died as a result of old wounds less than 3 months after arriving. Today, Chantilly is a bustling city and a popular tourist destination.