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A bastion for beer and defence

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The Royal Brewery, with its enormous tiled roof, is one of the most distinctive buildings in Copenhagen. It was built as a bastion of defence in 1562 and converted into a beer brewery in 1618. In 1632, the brewery itself burned down but was rebuilt in subsequent years …

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Castle and brewery under one roof

Time / Periode 1618
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The coastline at Slotsholmen was a weak point in Copenhagen's defences. So King Christian IV built a good strong one-storey corner bastion on the spot. The huge walls, open platform at the top, parapet and gun slits were to keep the enemy at bay. For a short moment of glory, during the Swedish siege of Copenhagen in 1658-60, the Brewery regained its military importance. One of the Swedes' attacks was mounted exactly where the brewery stood. It was the hub of the defence of the capital city thanks to its huge walls and strategic position close to Christian IV's naval port. After the wars, the royal court and navy continued to get its beer from this castle-cum-brewery.

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