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22 August 2016 @ 01:10 pm
Kronborg Castle - Helsingør - Denmark  
Shakespeare's mythical Elsinore stands at the northeastern headland of Zealand - Denmark's largest and most populated island -, overlooking the Øresund and Sweden.

In1420's, a first fortress (
Krogen) was built here. Completed by the fortress of Kärnan, on the opposite side of the sound (swedish nowadays, but danish at that time), Krogen controlled one of the few entranceways to the Baltic Sea. 150 years after, its foundations were reemployed to erect the much larger, Renaissance style Kromborg, built by Frederick II between 1574 ans 1585.
The place was destroyed by a fire in 1629, restaured, and then taken by the Swedish. Many works of art were lost at that time and a newer, more sophisticated defense system was built.
From early 18th century to early 20th century, the fortress was used as a prison. Deserted by the army, restored, it opened to public in 1938.

The chapel

One of the Kronborg tapestries, created for king Frederick II in 1586.

I have a big crush for this beautiful portrait of Daenerys receiving tribute from... hem, sorry - queen Margrete Valdemarsdatter receiving tribute from the defeated king of Sweden ;-)

The underground passages of the castle are quite fascinating, lightened by just a few oil lamps.
You walk in the darkness, and suddenly, you come across this mythical hero, asleep on his sword - Holger Danske, who will only wake up the day Denmark is threatened by enemies.

oakmouseoakmouse on August 23rd, 2016 02:32 am (UTC)
Oh my, that's lovely. Thank you for posting these gorgeous shots!
ys_melmothys_melmoth on August 23rd, 2016 06:13 am (UTC)
You're welcome :-)
Gilda Elise: Misc-Castle in the Cloudsgilda_elise on August 23rd, 2016 11:09 am (UTC)
What a great place! The underground passages are sufficiently spooky, the rest thoroughly impressive.
kizzikatkizzikat on August 23rd, 2016 08:12 pm (UTC)
Fabulous architecture, and the sleeping Viking is wonderful. Thanks for sharing - looks like a great day out.
kittenkilldare on August 29th, 2016 09:21 am (UTC)
Beautiful details, especially on that gate/doorway with the columns. Thanks for posting!
cottoncandyguy on November 15th, 2016 02:34 pm (UTC)
The place was destroyed by a fire in 1629 restaured and then taken by the Swedish Many works of art