Frijsenborg is one of Denmark's most remarkable estastes. The impressive main building was designed between 1859 and 1867 by one of Denmark's leading architects, Ferdinand Meldahl, for Count C. E. Krag-Juel-Vind-Frijs. The Frijsenborg manor, the result of the conversion of a more modest Baroque-period house, was built in a period when Danish estates enjoyed great wealth and influence. Their prosperity caused a boom in the building of manors on a scale unseen since the heyday of the nobility in the Renaissance. Architects of the era found inspiration for conversions and new buildings from the architecture of the Renaissance. Frijsenborg manor epitomises this Renaissance Revival. Today Frijsenborg is an office of farming and forestry company.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.