Amalienborg Palace, Copenhagen

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    Amalienborg palace and museum

    by jonkb Written Jan 27, 2014
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    Amalienborg is the royal residence in Denmark during the winter, and is a candidate to be on UNECO’s list of world heritage sites (since 1993). The name was inhered from queen Sophie Amalies (consort of Frederik 3rd) summer residence, called Sophie Amalienborg, which was here for a short while in the 1600s. In order to celebrate Christian 5th birthday, a large wooden structure was constructed close to the building. Because of a mishap the construction caught fire, and the fire spread to the entire palace. 180 persons died in the fire, 100 of which were children. That fire is commemorated by a sign at Ny Vestergde number 20 (Danish only).
    The gardens were still there when Frederik 4th started bulding Frederiksstaden, a brand new part of the city, celebrating that the Oldenburgs had been 300 years on the Danish throne. As the central part of Frederiksstaden four mansions was build during 1750-1760, designed by Nicolai Eigtved (who died unexpectedly in 1754) and Lauritz de Thurah completely in the rokokko style. All the buildings were given to their new owners, and they did not have to pay taxes for them for 30 years. They did, however have to pay for the construction, and they had to go by the design given to them. The buildings are sometimes named after the first owners, and sometimes named after the first royal who bought it. Thus this overview:
    North Eastern building (near the harbor towards Churchillparken), Frederik 8th, Brockdorff, the residence of the crown princes family.
    North Western (towards Marble church and Churchillparken), Christian 8th, Levetzaus, contains the museum
    South Western (towards Marble church, city), Christian 7th, Moltke, is used by royal guests
    South Eastern (towards the harbor and the city), Christian 9th, Løvenskiold or Schacks, the queens residence.
    Every building has a main gate towards Amaliengade, and a kitchen entrance towards Frederiksgade.
    In the middle of the large octagon square, there is a large statue of Frederik 5th (the founder of Frederiksstaden) mounted on a horse and dressed like a roman emperor. The statue was a gift from the company Asiatisk Kompagni, and cost the same as ten Amalienborg-mansions. The artist was the Frenchman Jacques-François-Joseph Saly.
    26-27 february 1794 a fire broke out at Christiansborg, which made the royal family, homeless (sort of). They therefore bought two of the mansions, and moved in. In order to have a connection between the two, a colonnade in wood was built between them. The solution was meant to be temporary, which is why it was built in wood. It’s still there, only painted to look like stone. The third Mansion was bought by the prince. The new Christiansborg was finished in 1828, but Frederik the 6th didn’t want to move from Amalienborg. The history repeated itself when a 3rd Christiansborg was finished. Then it ws Christian 10th who chose to stay at Amalienborg.
    In Christian 8th’s Mansion is a museum. The entrance to the museum is at the gate nearest to Frederiksgade. That’s the gate furthest away from the sea, and closest to the marble church. The collection is a continuation from the collection at Rosenborg. In 1833 the collection of royal interiors, dresses and alike was made accessible to the public. Most of it was on display at Rosenborg Castle (since 1838). After Christian 9th, the space available at Rosenborg was exhausted, so the museum split its collection. At first the lower rooms at Christian 9th’s Mansion. The museum there closed in 1982, when it became impractical to house the museum and the regents in the same house. After the restauration of Christian 8th’s Mansion, the museum moved in on the ground floor. The building also houses the private royal library, with about 100.000 volumes dating from the end of the 1400’s till today. The library is open to the public, with certain limitations. For opening times and entrance fees at the museum, please visit the webpage dkks.dk/amalienborgmuseet. Opening times varies, and there are several different entrance fees, according to age, students, pensioners etc.
    Changing of the guards takes place every day at noon. The size of the guards are dependent on who is present at Amalienborg. A kings guard led by a major or a captain, whenever the Queen resides at Christian 9ths mansion, a lieutenant guard led by a captain or a lieutenant whenever someone else in the royal family is home, or a mansion guard led by a sergeant when no one of importance is home. The two first changes guards with a musical corps and drills. On special occasions, such as the queens birthday, the guards perform their duties in galla. That is red uniforms. Ordinary the uniforms are dark. There was a mounted guard from 1809, but it was dismantled in 1863.
    During the invation 9. April 1940 Amalienborg was defended by 30 guards and their officers. Three guards were wounded in their service, and the Germans were halted. The Germans didn’t occupy Amalienborg until 29th August, when a German colonel, a lieutenant and three German machinepistolers asked to speak to the Crown Prince. After the conversation the Crown Prince instructed the guards to stand down, and hand over their weapons. After the disarmament of the guards, the job of looking after the kings safety was entrusted to the police. When the Germans decided to arrest the police, the officers at Amalienborg defended themselves so well, that the Germans decided against arresting them. During the fights two Danish officers were wounded, but German losses mounted to 20 killed and about 40 wounded. Damages from German cannon fire can still be seen.
    The yellow mansion in Amalegade houses the royal court functions. It was built 1764-7 by the merchant Frederik Bargum. It’s thought of as the earliest example of new classical style in Copenhagen. Originally grey the building changed color in 1842 to yellow, and has been called the yellow mansion since 1850. The first owner (Bargum) used it to run his company “det danske Guineiske Kompani” – The Danish Guineian Company, which traded in gold, ivory and slaves from the Danish colonies in Africa and the West Indies. It was bought by Frederik 6th, to house guests of the royal family.

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    AMALIENBORG PALACE

    by balhannah Updated Aug 22, 2012

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    Amalienborg Palace is the Danish monarch's winter residence on the waterfront in Copenhagen.

    Your sure to come across it on your walk of Copenhagen. Amalienborg is four Palace's placed around a large courtyard, no lawn here, all is grey from buildings to pavement.
    King Frederik V, founder of the palace, takes pride of place in the middle of the square.

    The Palaces look identical, so how do you know who lives in which?
    An easy way is to enter from the waterfront.
    Now, stand still and look. On the left side will be two Palaces, Schack’s Palace, the home of Her Majesty Queen Margrethe and Prince Consort Henrik since 1967, and Christian VII’s Palace, also known as Moltke’s Palace.

    On your right is Brockdorff’s Palace or Frederik VIII’s Palace, the home of Crown Prince Frederik, Crown Princess Mary and their children. In 2010 the palace was renovated for the modern royal family.
    The roof tops are adorned with statues and the Copenhagen coat of arms.

    On your far right is Levetzau’s Palace, which houses the Amalienborg Museum. The museum exhibits the royal collection from 1863 onwards.

    ADMISSION TO THE MUSEUM IS......65dkk
    Entry is FREE with Copenhagen Card

    Guarding Amalienborg Palace and the monarch are the Royal Guards.
    The Danish Royal Guard march from Rosenborg Castle at 11:30 daily through the streets of Copenhagen, with the changing of the guard taking place in front of Amalienborg Palace at noon.
    When the Queen is in residence the guard is accompanied by the Royal Guards music band.

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    Amalienborg Slot

    by ValbyDK Updated Mar 31, 2012

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    Amalienborg Slot (Amalienborg Palace) is the winter home of the Danish royal family and actually consists of four identical palaces. The palaces were originally built for four noble families, but when Christiansborg Castle burnt down in 1794, the royal family bought the palaces and moved in.

    The Christian VII’s Palace is also known as Moltke’s Palace, and was erected in 1750-1754. It is the south-western palace and is occasionally open for guided tours or special exhibitions. The Christian VIII’s Palace is also known as Levetzau’s Palace and was built in 1750-1760. It is the north-western palace, and was the home of Crown Prince Frederik until 2004. Today it has partly been turned into a museum, and is open for public. However, the museum only contains artefacts from the Kings of the House of Glücksborg (1863->today). If you want to explore an old Danish royal palace go to Rosenborg Palace instead – or Frederiksborg Palace (which is located in Hillerød). The Frederik VIII’s Palace is also known as Brockdorff’s Palace and was built in the 1750s. It is the home of Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary. It is the north-eastern palace. The Christian IX’s Palace or Schack’s Palace has been the home of the royal couple since 1967. It was erected in 1750-1757 and is the south-eastern palace (the one with the five chimneys). When the flag is up – it means that the Queen is home...

    ...and if the Queen is home, it is the best day to watch the changing of the guard! Amalienborg is also known for Den Kongelige Livgarde (the Danish Royal Life Guard), who patrols the palace grounds. The Danish Royal Life Guard march from Rosenborg Castle at 11.30am daily through the streets of Copenhagen, and execute the changing of the guard in front of Amalienborg Palace at noon. When the Queen is in residence the guard is accompanied by the Royal Guards music band. If she is not in residence the changing of the guard is a little less impressive and some changings are even without music accompaniment...

    In the centre of the courtyard there is an equestrian statue of King Frederik V and it is considered one of the most outstanding equestrian statues in the world. The statue was unveiled in 1771 - five years after King Frederik V's death in 1766.

    Between the Amalienborg Palace and the harbour, the Amaliehaven (Royal Gardens) is located. The garden was established in 1983, and is one of the newest gardens in Copenhagen. It is a green oasis in the heart of the city – with sculptures, fountains and a wide variety of plants and flowers. From the garden you have a beautiful view of the Opera House and the Amalienborg Palace.

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    by mindcrime Written Mar 13, 2012

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    Amalienborg Palace is the winter residence of Queen Margareta II. It was built between 1754-1760 and used as a royal residence since 1794 after a fire in Christansborg palace. Originally it was built for noble families but if you are the king you can live wherever they like but it would be interesting to see a homeless king :)

    Actually it houses 4 different palaces that surround/face an impressive octagonal courtyard (watch out for the cars though!). In the center of the courtyard you can see a big statue of King Frederic V but as Frederic church it was under restoration too (pic 4). It was unveiled in 1771, 5 years after Frederik’s death.

    The palaces were built in rococo style but we only took some pictures and didn’t check any from inside (open for the visitors 10.00-16.00 for 60DKK). The Danish Royal Guards (pic 5) march up and down in front of each palace with the funny hats, they seemed very bored that sunny morning… The changing of the guard (daily at noon) may interested some people but we preferred to move on, the harbour is just a breath away...

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    Amalienborg

    by Twan Written Feb 21, 2012

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    Amalienborg in Copenhagen is the residence of the Danish Queen Margrethe II of Denmark and her two sons Frederik and Joachim with their families. The buildings date from around 1750. Since 1794, the palace was used as royal residence.

    The four wings of the palace lie in a square around the statue of Frederick V. The four wings are named after Danish princes:

    Christian VIII (north wing), the official name is Levetzau Palace. The ground floor is a museum. On the upper floor is the apartment of Prince Joachim.
    Frederik VIII (east wing), the official name is Brock Palace Dorff. This is the residential palace of Crown Prince Frederik and his family.
    Christian IX (south wing), the official name Schack's Palace. This is the residential palace of Queen Margrethe II.
    Christian VII (west wing), the official name is Palace Moltke. This is the guesthouse and is open to the public if there are no guests.

    Between the open space across the water from Copenhagen's Opera House to see, on the opposite side of the Marble Church.

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    Amalienborg Palace

    by antistar Written Jan 4, 2012

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    Amalienborg Palace consists of an octagonal courtyard, where identical Rococo palaces were built on four of its corners. Frederick V is immortalised in a statue at the center of the courtyard. The palaces were originally built for noble families in 1760, but when Christiansborg Palace burned down 30 years later, the Royal Family moved in.

    Each house belonged to a different king:

    Christian VII's Palace
    Christian VIII's Palace
    Frederick VIII's Palace
    Christian IX's Palace

    Despite its sedate looks, the courtyard is definitely not a pedestrian only area. In fact cars regularly come careening through as if it was a major highway. Take this into account when wandering and taking pictures.

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    Amalienborg Slotsplads(Royal Palace's)

    by mickeyboy07 Written Oct 11, 2011

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    Home to the Danish Royal Family in the Winter months this one of Copenhagens most famous landmarks and very popular with both locals and tourists.It consists of four identical classicizing palace facades with rococo interiors around an octagonal courtyard,in the centre of the square is a monumental equestrian statue of Amalienborg's founder King Frederick V.
    Originally built for four noble families,however when Christianborg Palace burnt down in Feb of 1794 the Royal Family bought the Palaces and moved in.Over the years various King's and their families have lived here.The construction on all Palaces began in 1750 and was completed after ten years.Outside each Palace you will find the Danish Royal Guards who change every day at noon,there is also a museum here at a cost of 30dk per adult.

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    Watch the Changing of the Guard

    by MikeBird Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    In the open courtyard at the Amelienborg Palace they have a low key changing of the guard ceremony. We just happened upon it by chance. Sorry but I don't know how frequently they do this but I guess the guards probably do a stint of duty for about 2 hours at a time. Anyway it was good to see them looking so smart and very seriously performing their duties, all in step and time with sharp movements for their salutes and commands. It made me think I'm glad I'm not doing their job!

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    by SandiMandi Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Amalienborg is the winter residence of Queen Margareta II and it consists of four palaces surrounding a round square. It's been a royal residence since 1794 when the royal family moved there after a fire in Christiansborg palace. Amalienborg Palace was erected 1754-1760.

    At Amalienborg you can see the changing of the guard daily at noon.

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    Changing of the guard

    by SandiMandi Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The changing of the guard happens daily at Amalienborg at noon. There are lots of tourists witnessing this, so if you want to be in the front row, be there early. I've seen the same in Stockholm, so it wasn't on my list of things to see, but as I happened to be there right on time, I thought I' d watch it anyway.

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    The residence

    by PierreZA Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    This palace is located very close to Nyhavn. It is home to the Danish Royal Family. It is acyually four palaces built around a square, with a stuatue in the middle. The four buildings of the Royal Palace were built by noblemen during the 18th century.
    There are many guards, changing every two hours - but the formal changing of the guards happens at noon.

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    Amalienborg Palace

    by chinotraveller Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The amalienborg palace has been home to the Danish Royal family since 1794. There is a nice square here which has a statue in the middle of Fredrik v. The palace is guarded by soldiers and unlike buckinghame palace in London you can a good look at the palace as there is no gates preventing from you getting a decent look. The palace is made up of 4 seperate buildings.

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    Amalienborg Slotsplads

    by AnnS Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Amalienborg Slotsplads is a very impressive square with an interesting historical background. Around the square are the four palaces of Amalienborg, one of which is the winter home of the Danish royal family. The square itself is very grand and in the centre is a statue of King Frederik V on horseback, dating back to 1771.

    Behind the square is Frederiks Kirke, commonly known as The Marble Church, which has the largest dome in Scandanavia.

    From the other side of the square, the harbour is just a few steps away, marked by a magnificent fountain.

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  • Palace at dusk

    by Mariajoy Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    After our VT dinner, we visited the Amelienborg Palace - home to the Danish Royal Family. This has been the Royal Palace since 1794, originally for King Frederik V. There are four wings, two as residences and two are official state buildings.

    The guards are here in two-hourly shifts and march up and down constantly. Occasionally, just to remind us that they are real, they shout at passing cars who dare to slow down for a better view - this is forbidden in the Palace grounds - woe betide any that stop completely!! it made me jump anyway and I was on foot!

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    by doug48 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    the amalieborg slot, (palace) is the official residence of queen margrethe II. at noon each day there is the changing of the guard in the palace courtyard. king frederik V built amalieborg slot in 1748 to commemorate the 300 th anniversary of the oldenburg dynasty. the palace complex consists of four identical buildings around a square just north of the nyhaven canal. this palace has been the official residence of the danish royal family since 1794.

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