The chancellor's trendsetting manor castle
Just a few kilometres from the coast, Hesselagergård nestles in the beautiful hills of south-eastern Funen. The main building was built in 1538-50 for King Christian III's chancellor, Johan Friis. With its moat, corner towers, covered stairways, ingenious defence…
Embellished gables with strange designs
While studying the humanities, the builder, Johan Friis, went on several trips abroad - both as a young man in 1520 and later in the mid-1530s. This was when he met the southern mindset and building styles. It may also have been where he found the inspiration for Hesselagergård. Back in 1550 when it was completed, it was no conventional manor. Its embellished gables are therefore a highlight of Northern European castle architecture. The idea probably came from Sachsen or one of the castles in northern Germany. The original source was Venice, though, which is the cradle of round-arched gables.
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