A veritable Ali Baba’s cave of souvenirs brought back from their final trips, the Musée Jacquemart-André has over 6,000 works of art (furniture, paintings, sculptures, objets d’art…), dating from Antiquity to the 19th century. The romantic grounds and rose garden (in bloom in June) are ideal for a gentle stroll in the fresh air. History fans will love the ruins of the medieval abbey and the chapel of Sainte-Marie, decorated with frescoes by Primatice !
The Abbaye Royale de Chaalis has romantic scenery, medieval and Renaissance history, grounds ‘à la française’ with a rose garden, Espace Jean-Jacques Rousseau and collections from the Musée Jacquemart-André. In summer perfume workshops are held on Sundays.
Close-up on the grounds of Chaalis and its rose garden
Created by Nelly Jacquemart André at the turn of the 20th century, the rose garden at the Abbaye Royale de Chaalis is in the image of its creator, a haven of peace characterised by simplicity, gentleness, serenity and equilibrium. It is also beautifully colourful as all the roses are grouped together according to their hue along paths covering 3,500m². A wonderful feast for the eyes and for the nose too !
A super family activity : Perfume workshops !
Every Sunday from March to October, the Abbaye Royale de Chaalis runs perfume workshops for children and all the family. Head notes (eucalyptus…), heart notes (orange blossom, rose…) and base notes (benzoin resin…) are sniffed, commented and assessed. Then comes the moment of the ‘grand test', when children are given a strip dipped in a ‘mystery essence’ that they have to recognise. Then the children become mini laboratory assistants, full of excitement at the idea of taking home a perfume they have made themselves !