Cee’s theme for hew Black & White Challenge this week is ‘Walkways, Hallways and Elevators’. This may be stretching a point, but this complex geometric pattern of wood inlay is on the floor of what could be described as a hallway in the Chateau at Azay-Le-Ferron. It’s impressive enough in real life but is even more striking in monochrome.
Earlier this summer we went on a coach trip which included a visit to the Chateau at Azay-Le-Ferron, in central France. Dating back in parts to the 13th century, it is a pretty impressive edifice and, as you would expect, it’s got some rather interesting doors.
Note the date on this first example: 1302.
The family who lived here for centuries were very keen on what we’d today describe as ‘blood sports’, as illustrated here:
Over the centuries, the original building has been modified and extended, so not all the doors ‘match’:
Even the gateway to the extensive ornamental gardens has some character:
And the church just outside the gates doesn’t stint on the architecture:
At the Chateau Azay-le-Ferron, in the Indre département of central France, this bust of a former owner sits on a mantelpiece in front of a mirror that gives away some of the secrets of its construction.
Last weekend we visited the Chateau at Azay-le-Ferron. This telephone, now located in the kitchen, was apparently the first (so number one) telephone to be installed in the entire Indre département. Which of course begs the question of who could they call?