Saturday, March 21, 2009

Fountain of Neptune

This time I leave Copenhagen proper for a short time. At Frederiksborg Castle in Hillerød north of Copenhagen can be found the Fountain of Neptune. This is a small detail of one of the figurines that ring the basin. Neptune himself is on top of the column in the middle of the fountain where he too sprouts water from his feet. I like this picture a lot mainly because of the way the water is captured moving in different directions. With the sun shining through the water you can even see the cobwebs on the figurine if you look closely.

The fountain is originally from 1622 but was taken as booty of war by the Swedish in 1659. It was never returned but a new fountain was cast from the original figures in 1888.

The Frederiksborg Castle is a Renaissance castle build by King Christian IV in 1600 - 1620 and he often used it as his residence. The church was used in the anointing of the Danish kings in the years 1671 - 1840 and it's also the order church for the Order of the Elephant, the highest Danish order, and for the Order of Dannebrog. In the church all the shields of the members of the Order of the Elephant are on display.

On the other side of the lake is a magnificent Baroque Garden that is well worth a visit.

Link to Frederiksborg Castle in English