Friday, August 26, 2011

Ruins Beneath Christiansborg

Comments on my last Copenhagan post expressed interest in the ruins beneath the current Christiansborg.

Beneath the present Christiansborg Palace lie the ruins of Bishop Absalon's Castle(from 1167) and Copenhagen Castle(1369).

Experts were called in from the National Museum of Denmark and the ruins, which lay beneath the inner palace yard, were unearthed. Public interest in these ruins was tremendous.

It was decided that the ruins should not be covered over but preserved for posterity. The reinforced concrete structure erected to cover the ruins was the biggest of its kind in Denmark when it was built in 1908.

The ruins beneath the palace square were excavated in 1917 and a cover was also built over them. The ruins have been open to the public since 1924. The Ruins Exhibition was renovated during the period 1974-77 and has remained more or less untouched since then.

More trip posts to come soon!


Rosemary said...

Ruins are very interesting, amazing what cities are built over.

Deanna said...

Wow, how kewl that you were there!

Jeannie said...

That's so cool!