Rønnebaeksholm

Næstved, Denmark

Rønnebæksholm estate is mentioned in 1321. It was owned by the crown from 1399 until 1571 while later owners include members of the Collet family who owned it from 1761 to 1777 and again from 1869 to 1994. The current three-winged building was built in 1734 and later altered in 1840-41 and again 1889-90.

Næstved Municipality acquired some of the land and associated farm buildings in 1994. In 1998, they acquired the main building and the rest of the estate. Today Rønnebæksholm Arts and Culture Centre is a self-owning institution and it hosts art exhibitions. The emphasis is on modern and contemporary visual arts.

The park is most notable for the Grundtvig Pavilion which was built for Grundtvig shortly after he married the Marie Toft, the widow at Rønnebæksholm. Grundtvig gave it the name Benligheden ('The Kindness'). It was designed by Johan Daniel Herholdt, shortly before he went abroad on a longer journey. Its design shows influence from English Renaissance garden houses, a rare inspiration in Danish architecture of the time.

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Founded: 1734
Category: Palaces, manors and town halls in Denmark
Historical period: Absolutism (Denmark)

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