Christiansborg Slot is the centerpiece of Slotsholmen. It is a rambling neobaroque palace that now contains government offices. Christiansborg's large main courtyard used to be the Royal Riding ground where now the statue of Christian IX (1863-1906) on horse-back is standing.
The stables and the buildings surrounding the main courtyard date back to the original Christianborgs Palace, which was built in 1730's by Christian VI to replace the more modest Copenhagen Castle that previously stood there.The grander west wing went up in flames in 1794, and then it was built again in the early 1800's and once again it was destroyed by fire1884. In 1907 the cornerstone for the third Christiansborg's palace was laid by Frederik VIII and upon completion, the National Parliment and the Supreme Court moved into new Chambers there.
If you think that visiting parliament is not a big deal, try to do that in my home-country Lithuania and you will see how complicated it is. So I was kinda excited to visit Danish parliament so easy even it's not my favorite thing walking in guided tours. Just come at 2pm when they have English guided tours and GO..:) One problem only - usually most of coming people are Danish so the guide speaks Danish and it doesn't matter if that's "English guided tour" hour..:) Though I must say he tried to make a short summary for us in English as well and thanks for that. The parliament is quite nice and really worth visiting.
Palace built in the 1700s now used as government buildings.
Apparently there are ruins underneath the palace that can be visited because it was built upon former castles--however, they were never open when we tried to get inside.
One of the largest palaces in Denmark. Below the palace there is an exhibition which shows remnants of the walls from the castle, whcih the founder of Copenhagen, Absalon, built in 1167. This palace was influenced by French rococo and Viennese baroque and became the royal palace in 1741. In 1916 after several fires, the palace we see today was inaugurated. It is now the home of the Danish government.
Slotsholmen is only a small island in the heart of Copenhagen, yet it houses Christiansborg Castle, Folketinget (the Danish Parliament), Højesteret (Danish Supreme Court) and several ministries. Christiansborg Castle is the fourth castle to occupy this site. Initially, bishop Absalon built his fortress here in 1167. It was leveled to the ground in 1369. Then came Copenhagen Castle with its famous Blue Tower (a prison where Icelanders among others were kept). King Christian VI tore down the old castle in 1730 and built Christiansborg, a magnificent Baroque castle complete with church and riding grounds. It burned down in 1794 and only the riding grounds remained. From 1803-28, the second Christiansborg Castle was built in the new classical style. That too burned to the ground. The present castle was built between 1907-28 in the new baroque style (Empire). You can visit the Parliament, or the Royal Reception Rooms, and under the castle you can take a look at the Ruins of Absalon's Castle and Copenhagen castle. Take a stroll on the old riding grounds or in the gardens round the old royal library building.
The castle was built between 1907 and 1928 as the home for the Royal Family and is made from granite and copper. During the construction work some ruins were found. They turned out to be the ruins of Absalon's Castle and Copenhagen Castle.
Inside the castle you will now find the office of the Danish Prime Minister, Parliament and reception rooms used by the Royal Family.
The house of the Danish Parliament us a very oppulent place. The part that I enjoyed most was the new tapestries that are so lovely and vibrant.
Christiansborg Palace is the most important building in Denmark today because it's the seat of the Danish Parliament, the Supreme Court and the Prime Minister's office.
Parts of Christiansborg Slot date back to the founding days of Copenhagen. Nowadays this is the home of the Danish Parliament.
The Christiansborg castle was built in a small island, in the east of Copenhagen. Inside the castle you can visit this castle and the museum theatre in the royal theatre.