St. Michaels' Chamber

This chamber is located in one of the turrets of the Palace and, in terms of size and organization, it was very similar to the private quarters of the Duke in the 15th century. The door that leads to the Great Hall faces that other that leads to the Duke’s antechamber so, even though the usage of this chamber is unknown, it must have had a noble function.

This room owes its name to a 16th century Portuguese Limestone Sculpture of Saint Michael the Archangel. In this sculpture, the Saint is represented as a warrior, with a shield on his left arm, dressed in Roman armour and a cape over his shoulders; at his feet, a dragon represents the fallen Lucifer.

Besides the 15th or 16th century cabinets called ‘Bargueños’, one may find another curious piece: a chestnut wooden frame for a mirror from the 18th century. It is a Portuguese work; carved, painted in gold leaf and topped by a pediment of acanthus leaves.

This chamber also holds the last of the Flemish Tapestries from the Publius Decius Mus collection, produced by the Master Weaver Jan Raes II and the Painter Peter Paul Rubens.