EUROPA 2017 - Frederiksborg Castle SI

EUROPA 2017 - Frederiksborg Castle

Frederiksborg Castle in Hillerød is the largest Renaissance castle in Scandinavia. The impressive palatial complex was built by Christian IV in the early seventeenth century with the intention of consolidating his position as a powerful north European monarch. Gradually, the castle lost its importance as a royal castle, and since 1878 the magnificent buildings have housed the Museum of National History. PostNord has chosen two of the most beautiful castles from the Øresund region for its EUROPA stamp images. The minisheet with the two Danish stamps depicts Frederiksborg Castle, while Wanås Castle in Scania on the other side of the Sound features on the corresponding minisheet with the two Swedish stamps. All four stamps share the same format and method of printing, and they have all been designed by Jakob Monefeldt from PostNord Stamps. Incidentally, Wanås Castle was built by the Danish Brahe family when Scania was still Danish, while Frederiksborg Castle was plundered by Swedish occupying troops, who removed fountains and statues as well as Renaissance furniture and fittings as spoils of war. In this way, both castles have a shared DanishSwedish history that binds them together and makes them well worth visiting today.

A unique destination

A visit to Frederiksborg Castle provides a clear sense of its former glory and splendour. In 1560, Frederik II acquired the manor Hillerødsholm, and renamed it Frederiksborg. His son Christian IV was born here, and during the early decades of the seventeenth century he allowed parts of the castle to be demolished, replacing it with the Renaissance castle we know today. Inside, visitors can admire the magnificent Great Hall with its exquisite tapestries and stately royal portraits, and the Castle Chapel, where the absolute monarchs were anointed, is also well worth a visit. With its fairy-tale location in the middle of the Castle Lake, Frederiksborg Castle is a unique destination for excursions, offering cultural experiences, tranquil garden walks and boat trips. North of the castle lies the Baroque garden with its beautiful cascades flowing down the sloping terrain towards the lake. The symmetrical Baroque layout originally stems from the 1720s, but was reconstructed in the 1990s and is today one of northern Europe’s finest Baroque gardens. From above, it is clear how the shrubs in the garden elegantly form four royal monograms. 

Photographed by a drone

To obtain the best possible pictures for the minisheet, PostNord decided to use a drone to photograph Frederiksborg Castle from various angles. On a beautiful sunny day, we invited Nicolai Monberg from the company Drone View, which specialises in professional drone photography, to bring his equipment to photograph the castle. “We wanted to create a meeting between past and present by letting a drone photograph the historic castle,” explains graphic designer Jakob Monefeldt. The result was two beautiful photographs, one of the Baroque garden from above, and the other of the castle shot from the lake. After choosing and cropping the two best photos for the stamps, Bertil Skov Jørgensen carefully transformed them into drawings, which were then coloured and typographed by PostNord Stamps. 

Technical Details

Issue Date: 02.01.2017
Designer: PostNord Stamps/Jakob Monefeldt
Illustrator: Drone view/Nicolai Monberg
Printer: Cartor Security Printing
Process: Offset
Colours: 4
Size: Stamp format: 37.25 x 31 mm, Minisheet format: 78.838 x 130.263 mm
Values: 25.00 DKK