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Visit Rosenborg Castle in the heart of Copenhagen and explore some of the kingdom's greatest treasures. The castle features 400 years of splendor, royal art treasures and the nation’s well-guarded Crown Jewels and Royal Regalia.
Rosenborg Castle was built by one of the most famous Scandinavian kings, Christian IV, in the early 17th century. Christian IV fathered more than 20 children, was a patron of the arts and built some of the most significant buildings in Copenhagen. Of his many castles, Rosenborg became his favorite.
Today, the glory of the past can be experienced through the impressive possessions of Christian IV and his descendants.
NB: If you are visiting Rosenborg Castle with a Copenhagen Card, we kindly ask you to start your visit at the ticket office.
Among the main attractions is the Great Hall with the cor¬onation thrones and three life-size silver lions standing guard. The king’s coronation throne is made of nar¬whale tusk with gilt figures, while the queen’s is of silver. Tapestries on the walls commemorate battles between Denmark and Sweden.
The interiors are well-preserved and invite the visitor to take a journey in time. The visitor can experience the king’s private writing cabinet, his bathroom, and see wax figures of former royal inhabitants. Rosenborg also houses an exquisite collection of Flora Danica and one of the world’s finest Venetian glass collections, both set in tower chambers.
The crowns of the Danish kings and queens are kept in special vaults with access from Rosen¬borg’s basement. The crowns are embellished with table-cut stones, enamel and gold ornamentation. They were last used for coronations in 1840.
The crown jewels are living treasures, as they are the only ones in the world which are both displayed to the public and in royal use, by HM Queen Margrethe. They primarily consist of four garnitures: a diamond set, a ruby set, a pearl set, and an emerald set – the emeralds being among the world’s finest.
Portraits of Caroline Mathilde and her lover Johann Friedrich Struensee
At Rosenborg Castle you can see the portraits of Struensee and Queen Caroline Mathilde. Caroline Mathilde was married to the mentally ill King Christian VII, but at the age of 19 she began an ill-fated relationship with the King's doctor Johann Friedrich Struensee.
When King Christian VII became too ill to rule, Struensee took over the government and ran the country for almost two years. He was arrested and executed in 1772, after which Caroline Mathilde was exiled to northern Germany.
The portrait of Struensee from 1824 is by Hans Hansen and is a copy of a painting by the court painter, Jens Juel. The portrait of Queen Caroline Mathilde is from 1771 and was painted by Jens Juel. They are both on display at Rosenborg Palace.
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