Photographer's Note

“Set behind wide trenches and surrounded by tall lime trees Clausholm, with its heavy and grave exterior, appears to brood over a secret or to shield precious memories of a distant past.”

This is how Clausholm is described in the old books, and there is some truth in it. The Castle has a long and colourful history involving royal glory, eternal love and tragic fortunes.

Clausholm is mentioned in the history books at the beginning of the 1300s when its owner, Lage Ovesen, was one of the leaders of the Jutland revolt against Valdemar Atterdag. In those days Clausholm consisted of a main building built round a quadrangle. It stood on an islet and was surrounded by water-filled trenches. When the chancellor, Count Conrad Reventlow, took over the estate in the 1690s the buildings were so outdated that he pulled them down. In their place he constructed the present two-storey building made up of three wings. The Castle is arranged so that the chancellor himself occupied the ground floor leaving the upper floors for royal visitors. Thus the first floor is superior in decoration with taller ceilings and more stucco. The Castle and the Park is one of the earliest and most complete baroque establishments in Denmark.

Clausholm is unique because it has been left largely undisturbed since the 1730s, unlike many other castles. During the entire restoration work (1964-65) great attention has been paid to preserving the stories relating to the Castle. For instance, an old floor is not just replaced by a new one. Instead the old floor is repaired to give a good idea of how the floor looked in the 1700s. Likewise it is also possible to see where the old stairs were and thus get a feeling of the changes that have taken place at the Castle.

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