Eremitage Slottet - The Hermitage Palace
This thread is about the newly renovated Eremitage Slot, located north of Copenhagen in a very large park called Dyrehaven = the animal park. Which is a public ground but also a place where 2.000 red deers and other animals live and breed.
The Eremitage Slot = The Hermitage Palace was finished in 1736 and has now been carefully restored to it's original and quite splendid decorations.
It was previously only used by the DRF in connection with the annual Hubertus Hunt, which isn't a hunt, but a ride. In full fox hunting attire, just without foxes and hounds. But the recent state visit suggests it will also be used during more official events like entertaining visiting dignitaries. Which is much more practical now that the place has been renovated.
More details will follow in this thread.
But let us have a look at the interiour of the hunting palace.
The chairs in the place is also in the style of when the palace was build. The design of the fabric has been chosen by QMII. They are now stored in the servants dining room on the top floor.
The main and quite elaborate dining room, where the King could dine with his guests or guest... alone - en eremitage. The table has in inbuild foodlift, thus dispensing with servants.
When you enter through the front door you enter the hall, which is deliveratly kept low key, so as not to outshine the dining room upstairs.
The main stairs are painted in a hue of blue that had just been invented when the palace was build. The tiles on the walls are all handmade and individually decorated with hunting scenes.
Eremitage Slottet was until recently bitterly cold during winter and only the odd stove provided some warmth. Here is one such iron cast stove.
The Room of the Crown Prince. despite the apparent simplicity of the room, the colors combined with the light give the room a very elegant touch.
The Queen's front Chamber. The Queens were actually rarely there. Behind the mirror at the wall to the left is a secret door to a privy. - What you...shall we say deposited there... went straight down to the basement.
Between the columns in the dining hall are handmade decorations called trophies.
This being a hunting palace, there are antlers everywhere. They are from the deers living in the park. A few hundred animals are culled every year to maintain a population of 2.000 deers. Each year Prince Henrik gets to shoot the largest stag in the park.
There are three balconies and we are used to seeing members of the DRF every year during the Hubertus Hunt, named after the saint of hunting, Saint Hubertus. (That's what he is called in Danish at least).
On the ceiling in the dining hall are cerubes. They have now been restored to their original looks.
A short summary of the history and use of the palace, copied from another thread:
Well, very briefly.
Eremitageslottet was build in the early 1700's. Back then the park where it is located, Dyrehaven, was royal hunting grounds. Especially for deers and there are still lots of deers there.
Erimetageslottet was located quite a good distance from Copenhagen to the south and Fredensborg to the north, so the king simply needed a place to seek cover in bad weather, warm his feet, get a change of clothes and a bite to eat.
It was never meant as a place to sleep, let alone stay for several days and the kitchen was very basic.
It was however a place where the king could have a discreet rendesvous and the place was contructed in a way so that the dining room was supplied via a foodlift, going up through the centre of the table in fact, so that no servants need be present. - You could dine "en eremitage" - alone, hence the name.
The place is elaboratly decorated because that was the fashion of the time, but also because this was a place the king took other royal guests, so it had to have a certain class.
It is also a testament to the fact that Denmark was recovering econimically after the disastrous wars of the 1600's. (In many ways and in many places in DK it took more than a 100 years to recover, but that's another story). So the king could afford the luxury of building such a neat place.
Women were normally not allowed unless accompanied by their invited husbands.
Up until recently there was no heating and no warm water and with the chimneys closed down for fear of fire, it could be bone-cold during the winter!
But now it has been restored to it's original glory.
More pics and a Google overview to follow tomorrow.
Thankyou Muhler, for putting the spotlight on this interesting and little known residence. i confess i had never heard of it !
i look forward to learning more tomorrow.
My pleasure Gerry, wyevale and Polyesco. :smile:
Here is a Google view of the park and the indeed very small palace: https://app.box.com/s/zfh9d3e7ifzmyhbkjl8m
And closer Google view: https://app.box.com/s/pyi0x5t3h3ux7eh86asn
And four photos showing the hunting palace form various angles:
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