The château d’Ecouen was built from 1538-1555, on the ruins of an older château. It was built by a man (who was a duke) named Anne de Montmorency. Yes, you read correctly. Here he is on a borrowed image of him from wikipedia:
This is the chapel and the first room that you visit after paying admission. This is a chapel dates from the 16th century. My heart went out right away to this tiny room of prayer. Here are some very cozy elements:
“Let there be light”
A “showstopper” painted ceiling with what I assume are the shields of the de Montmorency family and probably other significant shields. Just gorgeous. You would have to lie on your back to get the total view. But, you may agree with me that is a rather embarrassing posture in public.
This gets you the idea of what private is; up there is private seating. The altar (which you don’t see), is on the side of the cross. So, I imagine that when they used this chapel, they set up a few chairs down there too. But, on the top is “first class” seating.
I loved the organ:
This is on top of the entrance. It looks like some sort of pulpit.
Next week, we will go and peek into the apartments .
Happy weekend to all!