Chapel at Frederikborg Castle

The Chapel’s most significant artifact is the organ, built by Esajas Compenius in 1610. It was installed by Compenius himself shortly before his death in Hillerød in 1617. The oldest organ in Denmark, it has 1,001 wooden pipes. Its original manually driven blower has been preserved. The instrument is richly decorated with ebony, ivory and silver.

The chapel, consecrated in 1617, is also part of the museum. It is the best preserved part of the Renaissance complex, having largely escaped damage in the 1859 fire. The chapel extends along the entire length of the west wing with a long nave and a two-storey gallery. The richly decorated six-vaulted stucco ceiling is borne by pillars rising from the galleries. 

The pillars bear grisaillefrescos of Biblical figures, painted in the 1690s. The galleries were decorated during the reign of Frederick III (1648–1670) as can be see from his arms.

Frederiksborg Castle

Check out this Renaissance Castle in Hillerød, Denmark!

Built in 1550 by King Frederick II

Frederiksborg translates to Frederik’s Castle

King Frederik’s son Christian IV was born in and loved the castle and maintained it during is 58 year reign.

After Christian IV’s death in 1648, the castle was used mainly for ceremonial events. The Chapel was the scene of the coronations and anointments of all the Danish monarchs from 1671 to 1840 except for that of Christian VII.

  • 1671: Christian V and Charlotte Amalie of Hesse-Kassel
  • 1700: Frederick IV and Louise of Mecklenburg-Güstrow
  • 1721: Anna Sophia, consort of Frederick IV
  • 1731: Christian VI and Sophia Magdalena of Brandenburg-Kulmbach
  • 1747: Frederick V and Louise of Great Britain
  • 1752: Juliana Maria of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel, consort of Frederick V
  • 1815: Frederick VI and Marie of Hesse-Kassel
  • 1840: Christian VIII and Caroline Amalie of Schleswig-Holstein

You enter the castle grounds over a drawbridge and enter through the arched gate shown above. Neptune Fountain is situated in the center with wings or halls all around. And the cherry on top is an actual mote around the castle.

Pictures of the mote from within the castle! Can you imagine!

Weapons and Wine

WEAPONS: The weapons are exhibited in four categories: Ceremonial weapons, Tournament weapons, Military weapons and Hunting weapons.

The war game set was made for the young Crown Prince Frederik (V). Using the figures, which represent “the Romans versus the Africans”, he could practice military strategy.

WINE: The barrels are for the “Rosenborg Wine”, the rootstock of which is white Rhenish wine from the 1590’s.

Nowadays the barrels are empty ad the wine tapped in steel tanks and bottles. Today it taste like dry sherry and is only served at the New Year Banquet and a few other special occasions.

The Crown Jewels of Denmark

Queen Sophie Magdalene’s will of 1746 decreed that her jewelry was not to be given to one person, but always to be “with the crown”.

The Crown Jewels of Rosenborg consist of four set of jewels, mounted with pearls, rubies, emeralds, rose and brilliant cut diamonds. They may one be used by The Queen and only within Denmark. They are used a couple of times a year, one being at the New Year Banquet.

The numbers on the photos coincide with the website that explains each piece in detail.

Rosenborg Castle

Rosenborg Castle is a renaissance castle located in Copenhagen, Denmark. The castle was originally built as a country summerhouse in 1606 and is an example of Christian IV’s many architectural projects. It was built in the Dutch Renaissance style, typical of Danish buildings during this period, and has been expanded several times, finally evolving into its present condition by the year 1624.

This was the most complex tour of a castle I have been on yet. The Castle has three floors and two basement levels. With that being said I could create a post for each room let alone each floor. But I will group all the upper floors together and devote a whole page to the basement.

There were several rooms in the castle devoted to just the crystal and china.

Each piece of furniture seemed to have a story or legend connected to it. Even the murals and pictures told of the history of Denmark.


The fjords are often described as “nature’s own work of art”, formed when the glaciers retreated and seawater flooded the U-shaped valleys.

The Sognefjord is Norway’s longest and deepest fjord, and it’s famous arm the Nærøyfjord has World Heritage status. The surrounding mountain areas are amongst Norway’s most popular hiking areas.

The scenery along our cruise on the Sognefjord was more than picturesque it was breath taking and jaw dropping. And that is probably why I have so many photos to share.