Wednesday, 10 April 2013

King's Guards' Room

This hall was used for the guards that protected the King - hence the name. It was created in 1684 and later expanded when an old courtyard was made smaller. Besides the guards, this room was also used by the servants where they would wait during the levée and coucher of the King and other royal ceremonies.
That the room was not used for either the royal family or any of the noble families is evident in the very simple décor of the room. The walls are white without any particular wood-work carved into them. The cornice is probably the most elaborate piece of architecture: it is gilded in golden varnish. The other dominating feature of the room is the large fireplace made of what appears to be marble. The wooden floor is neatly polished and done in a triangular pattern. The painting above the fireplace depicts a battle scene where the royal guards are seen fighting.

Close-up of the painting above the fireplace

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