The golden Pavilions
The famous Pavilions Dorés (The 3 rooms above the rear gate) of the chateau of Selles-sur-Cher were begun at the beginning of the grand construction work of the chateau at the wish of Philippe de Bethune.
The count needed to live somewhere. He used a part of the medieval castle which had been restored in the 15th and 16th centuries.
Philippe de Bethune, climbed the staircase as we do today. The entrance to the stairs was richly decorated with ionic pillars, scrollwork ornaments this lovely door.
Here, Philippe de Bethune made of these rooms an apartment worthy of his rank by raising the roofs, constructing magnificent fireplaces and decorating the walls with superb paintings.
Through the windows of his apartment opening to the east, Philippe de Bethune surveyed the construction of his chateau.