Towards the end of his reign, King Frederik IV of Denmark wished for the same degree of comfort in provincial castles as he enjoyed in Copenhagen. In 1720 a contract was signed for alterations to be made to Odensegård manor. The gardener of Rosenborg Palace, J.C.Krieger, was entrusted with the work. From his studies in England and the Netherlands, he had learnt about the Dutch Baroque style.A new main wing was added to the three former wings. The upper floor housed the king's apartment to the west and the queen's to the east. Between them lay the shared dining room with adjoining audience chambers.

The rooms were organised in the same way for the crown prince's family on the ground floor. The central room on this floor was intended for the lords and ladies in waiting at the court. The new wing was built af salvaged materials from Nyborg Castle, which had been seriously damaged during the war against the Swedish.Krieger also laid our a beautiful castle garden in the classic, French style. The entire complex was completed in 1730. Despite illness, the king expressed a wish to see it. He came, saw his work - and died one early October morning, sitting in a chair in the new sleeping chambers.Today the Odense City Council uses in the castle and you can only see it from the outside.

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Founded: 1721
Category: Castles and fortifications in Denmark
Historical period: Absolutism (Denmark)

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Sylvester Makaka (4 months ago)
Great reception
Jonas Helweg-Mikkelsen (5 months ago)
Beautiful place and definitely worth a visit when the touches are on in the garden.
Freja Faaborg (6 months ago)
Quidditch
Vicky Victoria (14 months ago)
Nice big park.
Oskar Bak (15 months ago)
The castle can only be admired from outside as it is closed to the public.
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