The manor of Austrått was given its present form in the mid-seventeenth century. The builder was the most prominent nobleman in Norway, Chancellor Ove Bjelke (1611–1674). This manor house is the last monument from the era of Danish-Norwegian history when the nobility dominated the political and economic life of the kingdom. The closer to the end of their political power the nobles came, the more expressive they staged their elevated position through art and architecture. Austrått manor is the last and most detailed monument of noble self-understanding preserved in Denmark-Norway.