The Lord’s Manor

17th Century

The Lord’s Manor is based on the life and achievements of the lord of the manor, Eske Brock who lived at Gammel Estrup during the Renaissance period. In his lifetime, Eske Brock was one of the richest and most powerful men in Denmark.

The exhibition recounts the story of a period in Denmark’s history, during which the Catholic Church lost its standing in society, and the nobility became more powerful and prosperous than ever before. This resulted in a number of magnificent manorial construction projects such as the main building at Gammel Estrup, which today looks virtually the same as it did in the Renaissance period.

The Lord’s Manor comprises the Chapel, the Chapel Corridor and ‘Fruerstuen’. The rooms have been decorated in accordance with the ideals and lifestyle of the age and the nobility in the 17th century. The Chapel formed the setting for religious life, while the austere Fruerstue was the day-to-day living room for all the ladies and gentlemen of the manor house. The walls and ceilings are decorated with the colours and special patterns of the age, based on original designs discovered at Gammel Estrup.