Kronborg Castle served as a Military Barracks from 1785 to 1922.
This must have been very interesting for the soilders stationed here. So much history! Of course they probably were much like the soilders of today with their focus on the job at hand and not the romantic or not so romantic historical past.
One of the first things I noticed and commented on was the tiny glassless windows. Of course I was told that these were not windows at all, but openings large enough for weapons. The walls were too thick and the windows were too small for the enemy's ammunition to penetrate. This brought their reality crashing to my mind.
From 1739 to the mid nineteenth century, male convicts were sent to Kronborg Slot and sentenced to slave work on the castle fortifications.
The hardest work I had to do was getting across the moats. It's much better being a tourist.
Queen Caroline, who was Princess Caroline Matilda of Wales, sister of George III, before marrying the King of Danmark, spent a miserable four months at Kronborg Slot before she was allowed to leave the country.
I stayed about four hours and was far from miserable. It might have been because I knew I could leave anytime I wanted.
On November 30th, 2000, Kronborg Castle was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
A fifteen year old Princess Caroline Mathilde married the mentally unstable King Christian VII about 1766.
The King's physician, the actual power behind the throne, was deposed in 1772 and Queen Caroline was arrested as his accomplice and sent to Kronborg Castle under house arrest.
When I saw the castle the day was gloomy, but I don't think that was the only reason the castle seemed a barren place to live.
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