Egeskov Castle, the house as we see it today, was built by Frands Brockenhuus and was completed in 1554. A few years prior to this, he had married Anne Tinhuus who had taken over the original estate from her parents.
In those days, political unrest, the Reformation and the Counts' Feud caused many landowners to build their houses as well-protected castles, and Frands Brockenhuus was no exception. He built his castle in the middle of a lake on a foundation of oak pilings, according to legend, in such quantities that "it took an oak forest to do it".
The building, which looks so peaceful and idyllic to today's visitors was built for defence purposes. It consists of two long houses connected by a thick double wall - the first house could be abandoned and the fight continued from the second house. The double wall is so thick, it contains hidden stairs and a well to secure a water supply during a siege. The outer walls have machicolations for dropping solids or liquids on the enemy and embrasures, and the enemy's flank could be shot at from the towers. In addition, the only access to the house was across the drawbridge.
In the more than 400 years that have passed since it was built, various families have lived in the castle. In 1784, Egeskov was sold to Henrik Bille whose descendants have owned the castle ever since. In 1883, Julius Ahlefeldt-Laurvig-Bille moved into Egeskov and, during his time at the castle, it was restored by Helgo Zettervall, a Swedish architect, who also made the tower roofs higher, re-established the corbie gables and built the gatehouse you pass through when visiting the castle.
During this period, the castle was developed into an up-to-date model farm with its own dairy, power station and railway track to Kværndrup, and this formed the economic basis for the large, modern farm that Egeskov is to this day.
The park has been open to the public for several generations and has remained unchanged since 1959 when restoration of the historic grounds commenced.
In 1967, the Veteran Car Museum was opened in the impressive building which used to be a barn and, over the years, the museum has been extended to include several of the surrounding farm buildings.
The Banqueting Hall was restored in 1975. Since 1986, the Hall and many of the other rooms in the house have been open to the public daily throughout the season.
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Nelu_Goia (3116) 2008-07-14 11:20
I see that you are trying to show us some details about that castle but at least for me, the sharpness is not that great. The colors are all right, yet.
Also, as this is an architectural photo, I think it`s important to correct first the geometrical distortions and then go on fixing the other problems.
Kielia (23703) 2008-07-14 11:24
wonderful nostalgic capture of Egeskov castle. You won't recognise this place again today, it has developped into a touristic attraction per excellence.
I like the colours very much and also the POV. Great work.
barrufeto_77 (28886) 2008-07-14 12:21
The contrasts and colours in the picture are lovely!
Maybe I'd clone a little the right of the picture but, anyway, is lovely.
wishlist (4133) 2008-07-14 14:59
un salto indietro di quasi 20 anni con questa foto! il lavoro di pulizia che hai fatto nel cielo ha avuto dei buoni risultati e ora il castello si staglia bene contro di esso. Tra scannerizzazione e ridimensionamento per TE immagino che avrai patito non poche perdite di dettaglio e in genere di qualita', pero' la foto va cmq premiata!
SELU (492) 2008-07-15 3:10
UN GRAN CASTILLO CON BUENOS COLORES, UNA BUENA DEFINICIÓN PARA SER TAN ANTIGUA. UN SALUDO.
ruisc_pt (10834) 2008-07-15 7:28
Fantastic construction that makes we wonder how it was the daily life in those days.
Nice image with a great perspective.
Eloquent note too
baddori (19963) 2008-07-15 8:34
Nota unica per due foto.
Dopo divagazioni sicule, io sono di origine, ci sbatti di un colpo in Danimarca proponendo due castelli sontuosi e diciamolo sobri,per il significato che si vuol dare al termine.
Non certo tormentati come i sette di Ludwig di Baviera.
Buona anche perchè datata 1991, ottima macchina e obbiettivo, che tempi.
clamel53 (160) 2008-07-15 8:56
Faccio anche io come Baddori stessa nota per due foto molto simili.
L'inquadratura è perfetta ed è curata anche la ricerca dei riflessi.
Certo trattandosi di foto del 91 la risoluzione è quella che è essendoci anche quel tipo di mattoni che non penso esaltino la lucentezza delle facciate.
giorgimer (34868) 2008-07-16 0:04
bellissimo questo luogo, il punto di vista leggermente angolato crea una bella prospettiva.
rodgerg (55767) 2008-07-16 2:27
Ho visitato questo bello castello alcuni anni fa. Presenti una bella immagine di questo castello con buono punto di vista, bella inquadratura e contraste forte.
Ti auguro una buona giornata,
Fellini (6407) 2008-07-16 2:58
Molto bello questo castello Maurizio,
nella mia visita in Danimarca devo averlo mancato...con questa bella inquadratura mi ricorda un castello francese credo, che però aveva un'architettura e materiali di costruzione diversi...
La passione per le foto...e i viaggi è quindi antica Maurizio...
PixelTerror (0) 2008-07-17 23:57
Nice castle, I like its red structures contrasting against the blue sky, a somewhat wider framing allowing to fix the verticals a bit would be a good idea.
Have a nice day JY
Schnappilic (9690) 2011-02-27 13:02
Good idea to present us this beautiful castle in an old picture. Dispite geometrical distortions I think is a good pictute. In 1991 lenses wasn't as today.