Hørsholm Church

Hørsholm, Denmark

Hørsholm Church is located to the site of demolished Hirschholm Palace (also known as Hørsholm Palace), a former royal palace. The palace was rebuilt in the Baroque style in the 1740s and, one of the finest buildings of its time, it became known as the 'Versailles of the North'. It developed a notorious reputation in connection with its role in the affair between Johann Friedrich Struensee and Queen Caroline Mathilda in the 1770s. After that it fell into despair and was demolished in 1809-13. The palace was designed by Lauritz de Thurah for King Christian VI and his consort Queen Sophie Magdalene, and was intended as their summer residence.

In 1822-23 a small church designed by architect Christian Frederik Hansen was built on the grounds of the demolished palace. The park surrounding the church, which is located on a small island in a lake, still bears some evidence of the original palace garden. A number of the farm buildings Louise had built in the early 18th century still exist. Some of them house the Danish Museum of Hunting and Forestry. The Hørsholm Local Museum has a permanent exhibit about the palace, the royal affair and its consequences.



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Founded: 1882-1883
Category: Religious sites in Denmark

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Alberto Nicanor Rosario Mendez (3 months ago)
Charming church in the middle of what once was the terrain for a castle. In fact it is a little striking seeing all that empty space just for that small building However, that doesn't take the fact that it's an amazing view. Worth the visit
Peter Engkjær (2 years ago)
Interesting looking church in a cool location.
Githa Skea-Thuesen (Githa of Egestal) (4 years ago)
Stunning nature's display of Hørsholm Church (anno 1823) - built in location and style of former royal "Hirschholm Palace" (anno 1740-1809), nicknamed "The Versailles of the North" - the baroque style architecture is atypically Danish. The sunny autumn day of my visit boasted blue skies, sunshine and rainclouds - beautifully illuminating the church and surrounding gardens and forest ("Folehaveskov"). A serene walk to the nearby arboretum ("Arboretet") through the backdropping southerly forest unveils historic remnants from the "forgotten" baroquen royal palace gardens.
Jakob Nybo (5 years ago)
White romantic church surrounded by water with birds etc. Good trails for nice walks
Nishi Mulchandani Deb (5 years ago)
A dreamy place for walking alone or with friends or family
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