Saturday, November 17, 2012

Castle: Rosenborg Slot - Copenhagen, Denmark

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Rosenborg Slot (Castle)
Copenhagen, Denmark
Topic: Castles

GPS: N55° 41.119; E012° 34.695

Quick Description: 

The Rosenborg Castle is located just north of the center of Copenhagen east of Øster Voldgade.

Long Description:

The Rosenborg Slot began a summer cottage for King Christian IV that was constructed from 1606 to 1607. The summer house expanded into the castle that completed, as it exists today, in 1617. The Dutch renaissance dominated Danish architecture during that period and the castle, designed by architects Bertel Lange and Hans van Steenwinckel the Younger, is a gem of Dutch renaissance architecture.

From the front and back of the brick castle displays a classic Dutch facade flanked by four towers with copper spires. The central portion has a copper gabled roof. From the south side the castle displays symmetry with a tall central tower flanked by matching wings with windows six bays wide and three storeys high. The copper roof has gables on either side of the tower. The castle is surrounded by a wall and encircled by a moat. Access (coordinates) is from the bridge that takes you over the moat.

The castle was used as a royal residence until around 1710. Since the reign of Frederik IV, Rosenborg was used as a royal residence only twice, in emergencies. The first time was after Christiansborg Palace burned down in 1794, and the second time was during the British attack on Copenhagen in 1801. The castle is now a state museum housing exhibits on the history and culture of Denmark and contains the Danish crown jewels.

Date of origin:: 1606 - 1624
Architect(s): Bertel Lange and Hans van Steenwinckel the Younger
Style: Late Renaissance (ca. 1580–1620)

Address: Rosenborg Slotshave
Øster Voldgade 4A
Copenhagen, Denmark

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