Skovsbo traces its history back to the 14th century. The castle seen today was built from 1572 to 1579 for privy councillor Erik Hardenberg (1534-1604). Built in the Renaissance style, with Dutch gables, Skovsbo consists of two floors over a vaulted basement and an octagonal staircase tower with a spire to the west. An appendix in the south-eastern corner, with a second staircase, dates from the original house while another appendix built to a similar design at the north-eastern corner was added in 1891 by the architect August Klein(1839-1902). The estate covers 183 hectares of land. It is privately owned.

Across the road from Skovsbo stands a roadside crucifix which was installed in about 1600 by Anna R√łnnow, the wife of Erik Hardenberg, who unlike her husband was a Catholic. It is the second oldest roadside crucifix in Denmark, second only to the Crucifix of Holy Anders near Slagelse.

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Founded: 1572-1579
Category: Castles and fortifications in Denmark
Historical period: Early Modern Denmark (Denmark)

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