The antechamber and the great banqueting hall

1720s

The spiral staircase leads from the ground floor to the antechamber on the first floor. The antechamber is fitted out as a magnificent entrance hall, introducing the 18th century’s ‘bel étage’ (beautiful storey). Prominent guests who were invited to dinner in the great banqueting hall were received here.

The great banqueting hall is the manor’s largest and finest hall. In all its splendour, it gives an impression of 18th century grandeur at Danish manors in general, and at Gammel Estrup in particular. The impressive stucco ceiling with its original chandelier, marbled doors and panels, painted floor and, not least, Flemish tapestries, which portray the family’s eight manors at the end of the 17th century, constitute a stunning and complete manor interior from the 18th century.