jueves, 18 de abril de 2024


 Frederiksborg Castle is beautifully situated on three small islets in the Castle Lake in Hillerød. Within the castle’s walls there are major cultural attractions for the whole family, while the highly picturesque setting is perfect for peaceful walks in the gardens and boat trips.

Frederiksborg Castle was built by King Christian IV in the early decades of the 17th century and is the largest Renaissance complex in the Nordic region. The aim of the building was to show off and enhance Christian IV’s status as a powerful European monarch. Accordingly the castle is richly adorned with symbolic and decorative elements: for example, the impressive Neptune Fountain and the Marble Gallery of the King’s Wing.

Since 1878 Frederiksborg Castle has housed The Museum of National History, which presents 500 years of Danish history with a collection of portraits, history paintings, furniture and applied art. The Museum was established by the founder of Carlsberg, brewer J. C. Jacobsen, and ever since has been an independent department of the Carlsberg Foundation.

The History of Frederiksborg Castle

1560 – 1620: The Building of Frederiksborg

In 1560 King Frederik II acquired Hillerødsholm Manor and constructed the first part of Frederiksborg Castle. But between 1600 and 1620, his son, Christian IV demolished the castle, before building the Renaissance castle we know today.

While the Castle was being built, Christian IV resided in a large, Italian-style pleasure palace by the name of Sparepenge (English: Savings), which he had built on the other side of the lake. Frederiksborg Castle was used as a royal residence for the following one hundred years.

1700 – 1859: A Time of Change

In 1720 Christian IV’s pleasure palace was demolished and then replaced by a stunning Baroque garden. The actual Castle was also renovated in the 1730s, but ceased to be used as a royal residence by the end of the 18th century. Instead, Frederiksborg was to house the royal collection of portraits.

In the mid-19th century Frederiksborg Castle gained a new lease of life when King Frederik VII moved in. He married Louise Rasmussen, who later became known as Countess Danner.

The royal couple renovated the Castle to make their home more contemporary. This included the installation of several fireplaces and stoves to heat the large rooms. But it was one of these new sources of heat that caused the major fire in the Castle in 1859. Large parts of the interior were burned to a cinder, and in many places the outer walls were all that remained. The Chapel and the Audience Chamber survived the fire.

1860 – Today: The Brewer’s Museum

Following the fire of 1859, the reconstruction of Frederiksborg Castle entailed both a nationwide collection and a lottery to raise funds for the Castle.

The Royal Family decided that they would no longer use the Castle as a residence, so the question of what the Castle should be used for was open. The founder of Carlsberg, brewer J. C. Jacobsen proposed the establishment of a museum of national history at the Castle and he offered to pay both for the reconstruction and for the Museum’s further expenses. Since its inauguration in 1878 the Museum of National History has been an independent department of the Carlsberg Foundation………..


Carla Bruni-Sarkozy au dîner de gala de Children of Africa

Par David Atlan | 18 avril 2024, 12h00

 Le président de Côte d’Ivoire AlassaneOuattara et Carla Bruni.
Le président de Côte d’Ivoire AlassaneOuattara et Carla Bruni.© David Atlan

Cette soirée prestigieuse organisée au Palais des Congrès du Sofitel Abidjan Hôtel Ivoire avait pour but de rassembler des fonds pour la construction d’une nouvelle aile de chirurgie cardiaque à l’Hôpital Mère-Enfant de Bingerville. 

Lorsque la première dame de Côte d’Ivoire, Dominique Ouattara, a évoqué, lors de son discours inaugural du dîner de gala de Children of Africa, la mémoire de la princesse Ira de Fürstenberg, récemment disparue, les 900 invités se sont levés pour un hommage appuyé à celle qui fut la marraine de la fondation. L’ambiance festive est vite revenue grâce au duo formé par le rappeur Gims et Carla Bruni, très applaudie par son mari, l’ancien président de la République française Nicolas Sarkozy. Le chanteur congolais Fally Ipupa, en duo avec Matt Pokora, et le grand Youssou N’Dour ont également mis leur talent au service de l’aide aux enfants démunis du continent. Les stars françaises, africaines et hommes d’affaires venus du monde entier avaient répondu présent à l’invitation de madame Ouattara pour cette 9e édition afin de soutenir la fondation. 

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