Thursday Doors – Rosenborg Castle

One thing I know for certain in this life is that the more I travel, the more aware I am that I actually know very little.  I was reminded of this again when we were visiting Copenhagen last summer.

During our visit to Rosenborg Castle, I was embarrassed by my lack of knowledge about this country’s history, but this storybook castle delivered all the over-the-top opulence one would expect from a monarchy.

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It was built in the early 1600s as a summer country home for King Christian IV – the longest reigning Danish monarch – however Rosenborg Castle is now state property, and has been open to the public since the mid-1800s.

In addition to all its visually stunning artwork and furnishings, there were a number of very interesting doors.  Each one was quite intriguing, and my photos don’t do them any justice at all.

This double door captured my attention for its golden-red colour – like simulated fire – and the faded designs of what appear to be hunting scenes in the panels.

I assumed it was the style of the time, for all the doors had the same interesting hardware with the centre door-pull.

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The simplicity of this heavy turquoise door looked amazing against the busy artistry of the room behind it.

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I loved this arched shutter-style door.  In addition to the same handle-pulls that the other doors had, I really liked the rounded door hinges where it fastened to the wall.

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I enjoy a good trompe l’oeil and this fireplace delivered one with a painting of a entranceway leading into a garden … an unusual *door* in an unusual place.

The magnificent hardware in front of the fireplace wasn’t hard to look at either.

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… and finally, what would a castle be without a throne room?

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Thursday Doors is a weekly feature hosted by Norm Frampton at Norm 2.0.  Please stop by and check out some of the other fabulous doors being offered.


  1. Wow! Opulence indeed! Though I have to admit, that is one of the coolest throne rooms I’ve ever seen. It would certainly make an impression. 🙂 I also love the element of “depth” on that turquoise door, with the etching of a room in the top half.


  2. I loved the super selection of castle doors, Joanne. Each one you pointed out interesting features and hardware. I liked the “framed” by fireplace, artistic trompe l’oeil. The turquoise and burning flames doors were also outstanding door exampkes! Hope you are enjoying your weekend. Today it was windy but in the 50’s and got to 60 degrees at one point!


  3. You have floored me with your doors and I am bouncing off the walls with pleasure. I am so filled with joy I shall float to the ceiling and shout your wonders from the rooftops.

    Sorry, I was overcome with an architectural urge by such wonders. Fab photos, Joanne. I do love that hinged door. As in hinged in the middle. Rather than hinged at the side. Like all doors. (I think I need coffee…..)


  4. I think you’ve just taken the Door post to another level completely. I absolutely love the turquoise door, and the photo itself, with the room in the background. And those round hinges on the round-top door!!! All lovely. You were in Copenhagen??? Who’d a thunk.


  5. No pix of the current Prince Christian? Or how about the dishy Frederick? Or maybe you were too enamoured by those beautiful doors and fireplace things to notice if they were there? Oh, Denmark is one of my favourite monarchies…I think you’d enjoy learning some history from this country. Maybe I should send you a book to read on your plane ride for your trip this summer….???

    Gorgeous shots, Joanne.


  6. So true Joanne, the opportunity to travel reminds us of how vast our planet is & how many incredible places there are to see! Love the turquoise door, just gorgeous!


    • There are so many incredible places to see and things to learn. I hope I never grow tired of it!!
      That turquoise door was so unusual relative to everything else in the castle. I wonder when it was given that colour … it didn’t look recent.


  7. It’s funny how we perceive things sometimes. I have very little knowledge of the history of the region and was totally taken aback by the level of opulence in these pics.
    My first thought: “Flashy displays of wealth – gee that’s not very Scandinavian of them”.
    Thanks for sharing these 🙂


    • Thanks for the laugh!! *not very Scandinavian of them* 😀

      The one thing I am learning is that all these royal families are related as they intermarried. I’m discovering that I have a bit of a chip of my shoulder whenever I leave a tour like this. I find these conspicuous displays of wealth is extremely distasteful.

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  8. We can’t know everything, huh 🙂 For fifty years of my life, Denmark was my neighbouring country, and I haven’t even been there [except Kastrup, the international airport]. Interesting photos of this beautiful castle.


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