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September 11, 2011
From journal Slot of Denmark
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December 12, 2010
From journal Winter weekend to Copenhagen
April 11, 2010
From journal Fall 2009 Trip to Europe
March 20, 2010
Charlotte, North Carolina
May 12, 2005
There is nothing that will make you feel more like a VIP than going to another country and getting to visit the royal digs. Okay, granted, anyone who pays the admission can come on in, but when you’re back home telling your wonderful travel stories, you can always leave that last part out!
On our first full day in Copenhagen, my friend Tine took us to see Christiansborg Palace. Well, talk about impressive! It is a beautiful palace to say the least. The first thing you should do is just take a walk around the courtyard and admire the beautiful buildings and statues present.
The present castle is not the first castle built for the Royal Family. The first building was erected in 1167. The first palace was the seat of Bishop Absalon, founder of Copenhagen. It was razed to the ground in 1369. After that, Copenhagen Castle with Blue Towers was built, but that was demolished in 1731. That was replaced with the first Christiansborg Palace.
The castle had a stunning baroque edifice with a chapel and stables. A fire in 1794 destroyed the castle, leaving only the stables. Yet another castle was built between 1803 and 1828. It was a neoclassical building, which was typical of the times. But guess what? It was ravaged by fire, too. Maybe someone was trying to tell them something? The currently (and hopefully last) castle was built between 1907 and 1928 by Thorvald Jorgensen, and he used reinforced concrete, so hopefully it can withstand a fire should they get so unlucky again. Fragments of the last castle were preserved in this structure. The tower is 106m, making it the tallest tower in Copenhagen.
From journal A History Lesson in Copenhagen
April 4, 2002
Christiansborg, as it is today, was built in the beginning of the last century by a then famous architect Thorvald Jørgensen. It’s an example of rather drab neo-baroque building style with two striking features: a tall tower located in the middle wing of the palace and patina-green roofs. If style is somewhat lacking on the outside it is more then made up by the interiors of the palace. The ceiling of the main entry hall is held by four giants: sculptures serving as pillar supports for the roof. Reception rooms are beautifully decorated, but without a doubt the highlight of the palace tour must be the Great Hall with its magnificent tapestries.
The Queen has ordered the Gobelins (as they are also known) in 1990 to replace the aging ones that previously hung in the hall. Work on these tapestries took almost a decade and they were finally presented to the Queen in the year 2000 for her sixtieth birthday. The tapestries, designed by Bjørn Nørgaard, depict the Danish history from the Viking era until the present. What is truly amazing about these tapestries is that they not only contain figures, events and symbols from an appropriate time period, but they are weaved using the style appropriate to the era. Henceforth the "Viking Era" tapestry lacks clearly defined perspective and utilizes simple geometrical shapes, the "Gothic Era" tapestry makes great use of arches famous to that period, and "Today’s Era" uses both realistic-looking (almost photo-quality) elements as well as more abstract symbolism. Let me say in no uncertain terms that viewing these tapestries has been by itself worth the trip to Denmark.
For more information on the Queen’s Gobelins, visit their web-site.
Guided tours in English and German are available at Christiansborg daily.
From journal The Charms of Copenhagen