Skovsbo Castle

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Skovsbo Castle
Skovsbo 2008.jpg
Skovsbo viewed from the south-west
General information
Architectural style Renaissance
Location Kerteminde Municipality
Country Denmark
Coordinates 55°23′35″N 10°37′57″E / 55.39306°N 10.63250°E / 55.39306; 10.63250
Construction started 1572
Completed 1579
Client Erik Hardenberg

Skovsbo Castle is a manor house located 6 km south-west of Kerteminde, on Funen, Denmark. The main building dates from the 1570s and is built in the Renaissance style.

History[edit]

Skovsbo traces its history back to the 14th century. The castle seen today was built from 1572 to 1579 for privy councillor Erik Hardenberg (1534-1604).[1]

Some of the land was sold off in lots in 1914.

Architecture[edit]

Built in the Renaissance style, with Dutch gables, Skovsbo consists of two floors over a vaulted basement and an octagonal staircase tower with a spire to the west. An appendix in the south-eastern corner, with a second staircase, dates from the original house while another appendix built to a similar design at the north-eastern corner was added in 1891 by the architect August Klein (1839-1902).

Skovsbo Crufifix[edit]

Across the road from Skovsbo stands a roadside crucifix which was installed in about 1600 by Anna Rønnow, the wife of Erik Hardenberg, who unlike her husband was a Catholic. It is the second oldest roadside crucifix in Denmark, second only to the Crucifix of Holy Anders near Slagelse.[2]

Skovsbo today[edit]

The estate covers 183 hectares of land. It is privately owned and was sold in 2006 for the price of DKK 66.5 million.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Skovsbo" (in Danish). Gyldendal. Retrieved 2011-11-22. 
  2. ^ "Krucifiks ved Skovsbo på Fyn" (in Danish). Kulturarvsstyrelsen. Retrieved 2011-11-22.