Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Kronborg - DENMARK - UNESCO #696

This is my first card received from Denmark, and a very special one... the Kronborg Castle is where the famous William Shakespeare play "Hamlet" takes place ('to be or not to be...'). According to the sender, the strategic location of this fortress was used to collect taxes from merchant ships sailing into the Baltic Sea (with the cannons loaded just in case they didn't pay). Thank you very much Rebekka for this beautiful card, my first UNESCO from Denmark and the 277th in my collection. This postcard took 3 days to arrive! 

UNESCO #696 - Kronborg Castle - DENMARK
 
Located on a strategically important site commanding the Sund, the stretch of water between Denmark and Sweden, the Royal castle of Kronborg at Helsingør (Elsinore) is of immense symbolic value to the Danish people and played a key role in the history of northern Europe in the 16th-18th centuries. Work began on the construction of this outstanding Renaissance castle in 1574, and its defences were reinforced according to the canons of the period's military architecture in the late 17th century. It has remained intact to the present day. It is world-renowned as Elsinore, the setting of Shakespeare's Hamlet.


 

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