Silver Lions at the Rosenborg
March 9, 2012 § 6 Comments
It was kind of interesting that Copenhagen wasn’t a huge city, but they just kept on building castles there. Rosenborg, Christianborg and Amalienborg…How many castles do you need in the Indre By? Out of all three, I thought Rosenborg was the prettiest completed with a garden. It has a very linear structure with a Dutch renaissance flair. Right, the castle’s exterior, especially at the top, did remind me of the canal houses in Amsterdam.
After a nice buffet breakfast at the hotel, I walked along the Stroget (without getting lost this time) to the castle. It was a 30mins walk, a bit long, but quite nice to stroll around and saw a few stores started to open after the holiday season. When I arrived at Rosenborg’s Garden area, everything got even more calming and quiet. Fresh air, blue sky and green grass… as if I was in some countryside. Some locals were walking their dogs or running inside the garden. It was a lovely spot to have a nice view of the castle, as well as to check out some ducklings in the moat.
I was no expert in different interior style, however Rosenborg did felt more… “historic” than the baroque period. This inside of the castle wasn’t huge, only 2 floors and a hall on the 3rd floor was open to the visitors. However it felt very cozy, I could imagine that it must be lovely to live here with a beautiful garden outside. Every room was richly decorated with paintings, old furnitures, chandeliers and antiquities. But the most impressive decoration of all must be the 3 silver lions at the hall. They belonged to Frederik III and was made in full scale of 130kg of embossed silver. These lions were inspired by the biblical story of the King Solomon whose throne was guarded by 12 golden lions. However, only 3 silver lions were finished before Frederik III’s death. What a sight it could have been if all 12 lions were made!
Being part of the Danish Royal Collection, there were armed guards guarding the estate in a few entrances. I didn’t think I’ve ever seen any castle that was used mostly as a museum, to have such security system. Perhaps it was a tradition, or maybe they were there to guard the crown that was on display at the exhibition in the basement.