Thanks for the pics and articles.
Many of you may not realise it but Christiansborg Slot (*) (seat of the Parliament) is located on an island.
The layout is in the shape of a basic fortress, with bridges across moats in the shape of channels. There are no redoubt and the slot itself is not cunstructed as a castle but as a palace. The function is purely civillian as the seat of the central administration. - Just with a little military touch.
A funny little detail.
(*) Unfortunately the useful word "slot" (Schloss in German) cannot be translated directly to English, so here is a little DK lesson:
Borg = castle. A building that has or it's predecessor had a military function.
Hus = In the medieval defintion of the word: a solid stone house, often fortified. Also used about all stone castles back in medieval times.
Slot = A palatial building that is not a large palace, it can also mean a building resembling a castle but which has no military purpose, or mean a rural manor.
An archetypical definition of a "slot" is the Disneyland castle.
Palads = palace. A very large and grand building used as a residence.
Palæ = palais or urban mansion.
Herregård = small manor, which started as a farm or a large grand farm.
- You can learn a lot about the history of a building in Denmark by looking at the name.