Architecture Monday

Can’t leave without visiting a castle stronghold, now can we?  Especially one as well storied as Kronborg, aka, Elsinore from Shakespeare’s Hamlet.  From a modest fortress in 1420s to a royal household from the 1570s onward to the addition of ramparts in the 1690s plus, it’s an interesting mix of military utility along the perimeter walls contrasting with upper crust opulence in the main residence.

 

Also quite fun, most of Hamlet is recreated and performed each day throughout the proper rooms in the castle, with the actors and actresses intermingling and interacting with the guests in between (always staying in character)…

Kronborg by Hans Hendrik van Passchen, Anthonis van Obbergen, Hans van Steenwinkel the Younger, and a gaggle of other unknown architects over its history.

 

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