Friday, October 9, 2009

Diary of an adventure to Eastern Europe.. Part 3- Frederiksborg Castle and the Little Mermaid

The next day we were off to Hillerod - a 2 hour drive away from the city to visit the Frederiksborg Castle. It started to drizzle on our way but it didn't dampen our mood... we were all excited to go and take shots... Rain or Shine....

The Frederiksborg Castle is a castle in Hillerod, Denmark. It was built as a royal residence for King Christian IV, and is now known as The Museum of National History. The current building replaced a previous castle erected by Federick II, and is the largest Renaissance palace in Scandinavia. The palace is located on three small islands in the middle of Palace Lake and is adjoined by a large baroque inspired garden.

The Palace courtyard

The Palace Church also known as the Chapel of Orders serves as a local church today, and is a part of the museum on the premises. The coats-of-arms of recipients of the country's royal orders, are displayed on the walls of the church.

As well as the magnificent rooms, such as the Chapel, the Great Hall and the Rose, the Frederiksborg Museum houses Denmark's most important collection of portraits and history paintings. It also has significant colletions of decorative art, furniture, porcelain and glass, textiles and photography.

Then the group went off to see the most talked about scenic spot of Copenhagen ... The little Mermaid....

The statue of The Little Mermaid sits on a rock in Copenhagen harbour at Langeline. This small and unimposing statue is a Copenhagen icon and a major tourist attraction. According to our tour guide, the statue was commissioned in 1909 by Carl Jacobsen, the son of the founder of Carlsberg, who was fascinated by a ballet about the fairytale in Copenhagen's Royal Theater and asked the prima ballerina to model for the statue. Edvard Eriksen, a sculptor created the statue and was unveiled on August 23, 1913.

The Copenhagen City Council are planning to move the statue to Shanghai for the duration of the Expo 2010 ( May to October ).

That evening ... we went to the pier and boarded DFDS Crown of Scandinavia for an overnight trip to Oslo.

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