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Frederiksborg Slot I

Here is the first picture of a new serie of Frederiksborg Slot (Frederiksborg Castle) in the city of Hillerød, Frederiksborg Amt. I went there yesterday, when the weather was fine. I took the train from Copenhagen to Hillerød.

Frederiksborg Slot is located on three small islands in Slotsøen (Castle Lake). It was built as a royal residence for King Christian IV (1577-1648). It is the largest renaissance castle in Scandinavia. The first parts were built by King Frederik II (1534-1588), Christian's father, and date back to 1560. Frederik II gave the castle also its name. However most of the current castle was built between 1602-1620 by Christian IV and designed by the Dutch Hans and Lorents van Steenwinckel. The castle is built in Dutch Renaissance-style, just as many other buildings in Copenhagen, that date back to Christian IV's time, like Børsen (Stock Exchange) and Rosenborg Slot.

After Christian IV's death, the castle was mainly used for ceremonies, especially to crown the Danish Monarchs. In 1720 Freden i Frederiksborg (Treaty of Frederiksborg) was signed here, that ended Den store nordiske krig (Great Northern War, 1700-1721), between Denmark-Norway and Sweden.
Nowadays the castle is used as a museum, Frederikborgmuseet (The Frederiksborg Museum) or Det Nationalhistoriske Museum (Museum of National History). This museum was founded in 1878 by brewer J.C. Jacobsen of the Carlsberg Breweries, who also funded the reconstruction of the castle after a large fire in 1859.

I took this picture around three 'o clock, when the sun already was setting after the sunny, but cold day.
Hope you like this picture! :-)

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