Sorgenfri Palace was built by the architect Francois Dieussart in 1705-06 for Carl Count Ahlefeldt. From 1730, this country house was owned by the royal family, and Crown Prince Frederik (V) had court architect Lauritz de Thurah build a wing for the gentlemen of the Court and a horse stable. When Frederik V became king, the palace was given to his aunt, grand duchess Sophie Caroline of East Friesland, who let de Thurah demolish the main building in 1756-57 and build a new palace. From 1791-94, the heir apparent, Frederik (VI), expanded and modernised the palace.
Frederik VII later transferred the palace to the state. In 1898, the state placed the palace at the disposal of Crown Prince Christian (X) after modern conveniences and a glassed veranda were installed. Sorgenfri Palace was Christian X and Queen Alexandrine’s preferred summer residence, and both Frederik IX and the heir presumptive, Prince Knud, were born there. Prince Knud and his wife, Princess Caroline-Mathilde, lived in the Palace until their deaths in 1976 and 1995, respectively. Sorgenfri Palace is not open to the public, but part of the park is accessible to the public.References:
The eight towns in south-eastern Sicily, including Ragusa, were all rebuilt after 1693 on or beside towns existing at the time of the earthquake which took place in that year. They represent a considerable collective undertaking, successfully carried out at a high level of architectural and artistic achievement. Keeping within the late Baroque style of the day, they also depict distinctive innovations in town planning and urban building. Together with seven other cities in the Val di Noto, it is part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
In 1693 Ragusa was devastated by a huge earthquake, which killed some 5,000 inhabitants. Following this catastrophe the city was largely rebuilt, and many Baroque buildings from this time remain in the city. Most of the population moved to a new settlement in the former district of Patro, calling this new municipality 'Ragusa Superiore' (Upper Ragusa) and the ancient city 'Ragusa Inferiore' (Lower Ragusa). The two cities remained separated until 1926, when they were fused together to become a provincial capital in 1927.