Antichamber

Unlike today, these Palaces had no corridors. Chambers succeeded in order to divide public from private areas.

When entering this antechamber, one is accessing the private quarters reserved for the Duke of Bragança. This chamber follows the Great Hall where Afonso received those who sought him.

His private quarters were divided in a total of six chambers, three in each floor. The connection between the floors was made by means of a spiral staircase - only for the Duke - and a regular staircase for the servants. These staircases still exist today but aren’t open to public.

Antechambers preceded bedchambers, and this one has a particularity for there is a small iron door, which let out the heat from the fireplace to the to the chamber next door. Iron, in contrast to stone, warms up faster, which helped to transfer the heat from one room to another, making it more comfortable. During the night, a servant could keep the fireplace burning without bothering the Duke.

One should also mind the painted ceiling with vegetal motifs, hunting scenes and the Bragança and Noronha coat of arms. It was painted during the restoration works for it was common to find decorated ceilings in chambers like this back at the time.

Regarding the collection, there are two Flemish tapestries that belong to the set that narrates the life of the Roman Consul Publius Decius Mus, a textile object composed of several fragments of the coloured strips taken from various Ecclesiastical vestments, furniture, sculpture and ceramics.