1846 print KRONBORG CASTLE, ELSINORE, DENMARK (10)

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1846 print KRONBORG CASTLE, ELSINORE, DENMARK (10)

Print from steel engraving titled Chateau deCronenbourg , published in a volume of L'Univers , Paris, approx. image size 10 x 14 cm, nice hand coloring.

Kronborg

Kronborg is situated near the town of Helsingor (immortalised as Elsinore in Shakespeare's Hamlet) on the extreme northeastern tip of Zealand at the narrowest point of the Oresund, the sound between Denmark and Sweden. In this part, the sound is only 4 km wide, hence the strategic importance of maintaining a fortress at this location commanding one of the few outlets of the Baltic Sea. The castle has for centuries been one of the most important Renaissance castles in Northern Europe and was added to UNESCO's World Heritage Sites list on November 30, 2000. Along with the fortress Kärnan, Helsingborg on the opposite of Oresund, it controlled the entranceway to the Baltic Sea.

History

The castle's story dates back to a fortress, Krogen, built in the 1420s by the Danish king, Eric of Pomerania. The king insisted on the payment of sound dues by all ships wishing to enter or leave the Baltic Sea; to help enforce his demands, he built a powerful fortress controlling the sound. It then consisted of a number of buildings inside a surrounding wall.

Kronborg acquired its current name in 1
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