5 – The mannerist door (around 1610)

Together with the interior staircase, this doorway bears witness to the first reconstruction after the fire which took place around 1610.
These architectural features have been added onto the medieval walls which survived the fire.

To the left of the doorway we can see signs where there used to be a medieval opening which dates back to the gothic era.

 

 

 

The modern-day doorway is adorned on either side with fluted pilasters.
The top section is made up of a pediment and a central cartouche.
These features are reminiscent of early 17th century private mansion houses which were influenced by the Italian mannerist movement.
You will also see small cherub heads surrounded by their crescent-shaped folded wings. This detail is frequently found in secular architecture in the Saintonge region.