The Gammel Vraa castle was first mentioned as a royal residence in 1553. Councillor Predbjørn Gyldenstjerne bought Vraa from the Crown in 1600 and created one of North of Jutland's grandest manors. He bred horses at the manor until in 1616 where it was inherited by his daughter Jytte who married Christian Grubbe. In 1624 she sold it to the Council of the Realm. Vraa became private property a few decades later Ide Lindenov and Steen Beck built the main wing in 1645 and decorated the facade with their coat of arms. Until the late 1700s a secret was found on the North side of the main wing. The moat encircling the castle was constructed in 1650.
Today Gammel Vraa is a hotel. Relief with the Beck and Lindenov family's coat of arms is still displayed at the building's foundation in 1645 and on the wall behind the fireplace in the salon. A motto goes: 'God's Good Spirit and Strong Hand Maintain Men and House From Drop and Gust From Hostile Violence.'References:
The Château des ducs de Bretagne (Castle of the Dukes of Brittany) is a large castle located in Nantes. It served as the centre of the historical province of Brittany until its separation in 1941. It was the residence of the Dukes of Brittany between the 13th and 16th centuries, subsequently becoming the Breton residence of the French Monarchy. Today the castle houses the Nantes History Museum.
The restored edifice now includes the new Nantes History Museum, installed in 32 of the castle rooms. The museum presents more than 850 objects of collection with the aid of multimedia devices. The castle and the museum try to offer a modern vision of the heritage by presenting the past, the present and the future of the city. Night-time illuminations at the castle further reinforce the revival of the site. The 500-metre round walk on the fortified ramparts provides views not just of the castle buildings and courtyards but also of the town.