Senlis was a royal seat from the time of Clovis in the 5th and 6th centuries to Henri IV (r 1589–1610), and contains three small but well-formed adjacent museums: Musée d'Art et d'Archédeologie (art and archaeology) in the episcopal palace adjoining Senlis' cathedral; Musée de la Vénerie (hunting) in the abbot's house of St-Maurice priory; and Musée des Spahis (covering the French cavalry in North Africa; the Spahis had a garrison in Senlis for thirty years).
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1. Cathédrale de Notre Dame
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2. Château de Chantilly Gardens
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8. Mémorial de l'Internement et de la Déportation – Camp de Royallieu
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