Friday, May 20, 2011

Sofiero Classic 2011 - Part 3 - Race time


High speed, great maneuverability and very advanced technology, these are the characteristic of a sport car. Sofiero Classic 2011 was generous in sport car models, bringing together a great selection of classic and modern representatives of this kind.

Arnolt Bristol is a joined venture between SH Arnolt Inc. of Chicago and Warsaw Indiana, responsible for manufacturing, Gruppo Bertone, specialized in car styling, who provided the body and Bristol Cars Ltd who produced the six-cylinder 130 hp engines. There were similar colaborations named Arnolt-MG, Arnolt Aston or Arnolt Bentley. The highly aerodynamic bodies were designed by Franco Scaglione (later the designer of concept cars for Alfa Romeo). The chassis and bodies were fitted by Bertone in Italy, Arnolt doing only the final assembling and decoration of the car. The bolide participated in Sebring 12-hour race in 1955 and their cars finished first, second and fourth in the Sports 2000 class. Two years later, Bob Goldich died in the same race, crashing in the first lap.

Like the model we mentioned before, AC Cobra is also a colaboration. AC Cars, a small Bitish manufacturer saved from bankruptcy by the American ex-racing driver Carroll Shelby, used a Ford V8 engine (260 in³ HiPo (4.2 L)) after Chevrolet refused them initially, due to the competition with their Corvette model. So Corvette become their natural rival; Shelby's Cobra managed to beat Corvette (and also Jaguar, Porsche and Maserati) in 1963 at Riverside International Raceway, getting their first victory ever. The bolide had an impressive speed record, 299 km/h on the London - Leeds motorway in 1964, contributing to the implementation of a national speed limit in UK.

With its famous Monza series, Ferrari shifted form a V12 engine to a new four cylinder engine designed by Aurelio Lampredi. The 750 model introduced in 1954 got his name Monza , after winning the homonymous race. The car became famous for its drop-nose look and for its headrest, designed by Sergio Scaglietti (a good friend and colaborator of Enzo Ferrari and owner of Carrozzeria Scaglietti).

Renault Sport Spider was produced by Renault at the end of last century (1995-1997) and was planned to be the icon of the Renault sporting division. The model was presented at Geneva Motor Show and impressed by its butterfly doors and the absence of a windscreen. The car is very rare and expensive to buy used, due to the fact that its production was stopped only after one year and a half.

Jaguar E-type, considered by Enzo Ferrari "the most beautiful car ever made" is combination of beauty and performance. The series was produced between 1961 and 1975, more than 70,000 E-Types being sold during this period. In the top of "100 most beautiful cars" of all time, hosted by Daily Telegraph, E-Type ranked first.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Special guest: Blame The Monkey


The guest for today is Eli Locardi or blame_the_monkey in the flickr world. When we first time run into his flickr photostream, we find out that he is a really great artist. A poem of colors and details, lights and shadows , impressive photographic paintings. His compositions are perfect and the processing style is really emphasising the beauty of the subject. Its hard to chose only few of his shots, but for this post we struggled to do it. You can convince yourselves by visiting his website: http://blamethemonkey.com/
. You can learn a lot from him.
The Colosseum by Night
The Colosseum by Night - by Eli Locardi (Blame The Monkey)

The Red Monkey - (HDR San Juan, Puerto Rico)
The Red Monkey - (HDR San Juan, Puerto Rico - by Eli Locardi (Blame The Monkey)

Burj Al Arab Sunset From Jumeirah Beach
Burj Al Arab Sunset From Jumeirah Beach - by Eli Locardi (Blame The Monkey)

The Boat House
The Boat House - by Eli Locardi (Blame The Monkey)

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Sofiero Classic 2011 - Part 2 - Old is Gold


I am not a car maniac, the kind of person that would give a kidney to drive a Ferrari or any other special model. I don't even have a driving license. I like to see a beautiful car, no meter if it is old or new, classic or sport. And I like to take photos. Cars make really nice picture, so a car show is the right place for an enthusiast photographer. An antique car brings your mind to the romantic period of car industry, before or right after the WWII, when there were no safety rules; the seat belt was introduced only later, in the sixties. Some people call it classic period, other call it vintage. It was a period that forced many countries to build national road networks, a period with amazing economic development. The industry was dominated by the Big Three in US (General Motors, Ford and Chrysler) and Austin , Morris or Vauxhall in UK.

The Austin 7 , or "Baby Austin" how it was nicknamed is a representative automobile for that period, an inspirational model for other car makers around the world. It was one of the most popular model ever produced in UK; the first BMW model, Dixi was licensed as Austin 7. Nissan inspired themself for their own models, although they didn't use Austin license. Until 7, Austin was specialized on bigger cars, however Sir Herbert Austin felt that a smaller car would be really popular; and he was right. 290,000 Austin 7 cars and vans were manufactured in total between 1923 and 1939.

Henry Ford's Motor Company produced Ford T, the most influential car of the 20th century, between 1908-1927. The people were calling it Tin Lizzie or Flivver ; it was the first automobile affordable to the middle class American that always dreamt to travel around the country. The first car was release from Detroit factory in September 1908. 19 years later, 15 millions Ford T were produced. A really impressive figure for that age. The succesor for model T was Model A, another great success of Ford. It was again an affordable car, with price varying from 500$ to 1200$. In only 5 years of manufacturing this model, almost 5 millions cars were produced in different variants ( Coupe, Roadster, Convertible Cabriolet, Convertible Sedan, taxi cab, truck or commercial). The remake of King Kong used these cars as cabs and police cars.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Sofiero Classic 2011 - Part 1 - 125 years of Mercedes Benz


We find out about this nice event couple of days before. Different city, even different country, but not so far from Copenhagen. Located in the area around a small castle, Sofiero, a bit outside Helsingborg, it looked to be an interesting event, with a lot of cars and motorbikes, having Mercedes and Harley-Davidson as main actors. The reason: 125 years from the first car, Bertha's Benz invention. Lots of cars, lots of people, rain showers and hail from time to time, but overall the enthusiasm of seing beautiful cars, old cars, sports cars, motorbikes. There was something for everybody, no meter if you are there for a speedster or a classic car. A few words about the location: Sofiero Castle was one of the Swedish royal family's country mansions and was built in 1865.

Coming back to the cars, first of all you could notice the oldest car in the world, the ancient Bertha & Karl Benz Patent-Motorwagen . It was sitting in the middle of a space stuffed with older and newer Mercedes cars. The old "chariot" like engine based vehicle was produced actually in 1885 but got the patent in 1886. It is a three-wheeled automobile with an engine in the rear. Wheels are made out of steel having rubber tires. The engine was about 100kg and was able to produce about ½ kW at 250 rpm. The maximum speed was 16 km/h. Bertha Benz proved that the car is functional and can be an useful invention for the humanity, by driving it from Mannheim through Heidelberg, and Wiesloch, to her hometown of Pforzheim. She was both a driver and mechanic, being forced to fix some problems that occured during this trip. She did it without the knowledge of her husband, being accompanied by her two sons. The return trip summed up a total of 194 Km.

Mercedes 170S was produced in Germany between 1949-1955 and is considered as the first serious saloon Mercedes model. There were about 50000 produced in total and had an important role in establishing Mercedes as a leading car brand in the Europe after Second World War. Its top speed was 116Km/h and the model had hydraulic breaks.

Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG , designed in house by AMG in 2009, is a luxury automobile planned to replace Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren. This car is quite famous being safety car in Formula 1 season 2010-2011 and appearing on the cover of a racing game (Gran Turismo 5). It will participate in FIA GT Championship this year after being tested in the German version of the competition. The price is quite high, being sold for a bit more than €175,000. The doors are normally swinging upwards, need to be manually closed and can be fully detached in case of a roll-over.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Nyboder


Walking around Østerbro, you were probably wondering what are those yellow houses, with old style architecture and placed in long rows. They are Nyboder (New small Houses in Danish), a neighbourhood that was dedicated to the soldiers and officers of the Royal Danish Navy and , of course, to their families. Christian IV started this plan and during his reign the first row of houses (the one in St. Paulsgade) has been built (1631-1641).

Later, at the end of 18th century, the neighborhood was expanded with 150 more houses.
Initially the houses were painted in red and white although today everyone knows them with their yellow color; this yellow colour is named "Nyboder yellow". The initial architect was Hans van Steenwinckel the Younger (architectof Flemish descendence, specialized in Dutch Renaissance style, being known for many famous buildings like Rosenborg Castle, Frederiksborg Palace or Kronborg Castle) who started during Christian IV; he was followed by another architect, Philip de Lange.

In front of Nyboder, at Store Kongensgade it is located the memorial of Vice Admiral Edouard Suenson (the commandant of the Danish fleet in the Battle of Heligoland 9 May 1864). Designed by Theobald Stein, the monument was placed there on 9 May 1889. It consists of a bust of Suenson decorated with a laurel wreath and prows and a statue of a lion, bellow, holding a coat of arms inscriptioned "HELGOLAND/9 MAY/1864".

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Roskilde Domkirke


Roskilde Cathedral (Domkirke) is part of UNESCO World Heritage list (since 1995). Being the first Gothic cathedral built of brick in Europe, it is located in the city of Roskilde and it is a Lutheran Chruch. It was the main burial site for Danish monarchy starting from 15th century, but it also hosts the tombs of other medieval royal figures.

The history of the cathedral has many important stages, that contributed to the current view of it. New parts have been added, century after century, in different style, giving the unique architecture that we can see today. In 960, Harald Bluetooth established the capital of Denmark at Roskilde. He was buried later in the small timber church dedicated to the Holy Trinity. In 991, Roskilde became the home of Bishop of Roskilde , the one responsible for the island of Zealand and Scania. Almost one century later (1076-1088), the first stone cathedral was built, in Romanesque style, having a long nave ,two side aisles and two towers flanking the west front entrance. Bishop Svend Nordmand was the one repsonsible for this and he made St. Lucius ( pope between 253-255 ) the patron saint of the cathedral, by bringing his skull from Santa Cecilia in Trastevere. The legend sais that there were some deamons in the regions, and they didn't feared anything but the skull of St. Lucius, so bringing the relic into the area restored the peace of the fjord. Absalon is probably the most famous Bishop of Roskilde, and is the one who had a great contribution to the history of Denmark.

The only coronation that happened here was the one of King Canute VI in 1170. Couple of years later, the succesor of Absalon, Peder Sunesen began his plan of expanding the Cathedral, having as inspiration the Gothic Cathedral Tournai from Belgium (were he was mentored). Because he was not able to find enough good quality stone, the material used for construction was brick (over 3,000,000 large sized red bricks). The new cathedral was twice as big as the original one and its construction finished in 1280. Three chapels were built in the north part of the cathedral and they were dedicated to St. Birgitte, St. Christofer and St. Andrew. A big fire destroyed partially the cathedral in 1443. King Christian I paid for its reconstruction and he built The Chapel of The Magi were him and his wife are buried. The tomb of Queen Margrete I was also moved from Sorø Abbey in 1414.

The Cathedral was initially Catholic, but after the Reformation(1536), when Denmark embraced the Protestant branch of Christianity, the Roskilde Cathedral was transformed for the Protestant service. The choir was opened to the west, the side altars were remove and the furniture required for the service was brought in.

New chapels were constructed for keeping the tombs of the kings buried here. An important one is the Chapel of Christian IV added in 1614 that contains the tomb of the king, of his wife and a statue of the king, created by the famous sculptor Bertel Thorvaldsen.

The Chapel of Frederik V, one of the most beautiful chapels, keeps along with the tomb of Frederik V, the remainings of Christian VI, VII, VIII, Frederik VI and VII, together with their consorts. The two wifes of Frederik V, Princess Louise of Great Britain( daughter of King George II, died while delivering the sixth child of the couple) and Duchess Juliana Maria of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel (daughter of Ferdinand Albert II, Duke of Brunswick-Lüneburg ) are represented in a statuary group next to Frederik V tomb.

In the present days, the Cathedral is open for service but can be visited as a museum for a small fee. It can be reached by train (regional or inter-city ) either from Central Station or Høje Taastrup or by bus (123). The official website of the Cathedral is Roskilde Domkirke

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Special guest : Zú Sánchez

La Giralda

One of the ideas for this blogs is to have, from time to time some guest. The people that we plan to invite are very talented photographers from the flickr community, people that are bringing something special through their photographic approach.

Plaza de America. Sevilla. Tercera version.

The guest we will start with is Zú Sánchez. Zú is from Sevilla, Spain and his images are really great works of art. We are impressed by his Sevilla series and his wornderful view of this beutiful city. And this contributed a lot in the decision of having a holiday in South of Spain and spending some days In Sevilla. Wonderful colors, painting like atmosphere, amazing lights - you can find all of these in Zu's work. We will not say more, just invite you to enjoy some brilliant images.

You can see more of his work on : Zú Sánchez or Zu´s world in HDR

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SEVILLA. Seville

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Frederiskborg Castle

Frederiksborg castle, located in Hillerød in the middle of lake Slotsø (the palace lake) is probably the most beautiful castle in the Copenhagen area. It's grandious appearance in the middle of the water, it's beautiful gardens and it's royal history makes Frederiksborg unique.

It is the biggest Renaissance castle in Scandinavia . The construction started in 1560 during Frederik II reign (who also gave the name of the castle ) . Christian IV continued the erection of Frederiksborg between 1602-1620 using Dutch style impregnated by the architects Hans and Lorenz van Steenwinckel (he will also embrace the dutch model by using Amsterdam as inspiration when designing Christianshavn) . The castle was the residence of Christian IV for a while, however after his death in 1648, it was used exclusively for different royal events, including crowning of different kings and queens like Christian V, VI and VII or Frederik IV, V, and VI and their consorts. The Great Northern War between Sweden and Denmark-Norway was ended up with a treaty signed here.

The Palace Church with it's nice interior design and decorations, hosted for many years two important Danish Orders: Order of the Elephant, the highest in Denmark that includes the heads of the monarchy and Order of Dannborg. The Coats-of-arms of the two orders are displayed on the walls of the church.

During the years, the castle collected lots of art-works, including portraits of kings and queens and historical paintings. It started to be considered a national monument, part of the Danish patrimony. In 1859, a large parte of the interior was destroyed by fire, being necessary a public subscription to reconstruct it. One of the people who contributed a large amount of money was JC Jacobsen, the founder on Carlsberg Brewery who also helped in establishing the Museum of National History in Frederiksborg Castle. In present days, the palace is still museum, and can be visited by any visitor of Copenhagen. The church, even used as local church, can be visited as well as part of museum tour.

You can easily reach Hillerod by S-train E and you can have a wonderful experience walking around the lake, admiring the gardens and of course, stepping into the history of Denmark by visiting the castle.
The official website of Frederisksborg castle is
Frederiksborg Slot

Monday, May 9, 2011

Marmormolen


A new modern neighbourhood, close to Nordhavn is raising in the north-central part of Copenhagen; an atractive and international area, with a new and imposing United Nations headquarters, residential and comercial buildings and a hotel.

The new "city", will be linked with a bridge to Langelinie, so people will be able to watch from above the Copenhagen-Oslo cruise. Leif Hansen Consulting Engineers and Architects won this exciting project, and they will design a huge buiding of aprox. 30,000 m² with possibility to extension with extra 15,000 square meters. The building will represent the UN vision of hosting all the organizations in a single building - "One UN" , but still keeping the own identity of each of them.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Copenhagen Zoo


Copenhagen Zoo, located in the municipality of Frederiksberg, is one of the oldest zoological gardens in Europe, being founded by the ornithologist Niels Kjærbølling in 1859. It is famous for its care for the endangered species and for its breeding programmes.

In the early years the zoo was trying to show as many animals as possible, starting initially with birds ( chickens, ducks, eagles and owls), rabbits, a fox, a seal in a bathtub and a turtle. Later on, the multitude of species was not the main target, having enough space for each animal being more important. An interesting guest of the garden over the history is a slow worm lizard who lived 54 years in captivity (from 1892 to 1946), a real record for its kind.

Today, the Zoo proudly presents a new built Elephant House, with its two glass domes, designed by Sir Norman Foster (the world-famous British architect ) and 1.5 hectares of Savanna that tries to recreate the natural environement for zebras, giraffes and many other animals. Copenhagen Zoo is the only zoological non-Australian garden having Tazmanian Devils in captivity. Other interesting animals are various monkeys, red panda, lion, polar bear and snow leopard.
Copenhagen Zoo has over 1 million visitors in 2008 and is the 4th biggest attraction in Denmark. In the next few years, the garden is building a huge ecosystem for the polar animals.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Phalaenopsis orchids


Phalaenopsis is a genus of orchids containing about 60 species, natural and artificial hybrids.
The name is probably given from the greek name of moth, Phalaen so it means "moth-alike". There is some ressemblance between the moth in the fly and this shape of this type of orchid.

This orchid family is native in Asia (From Himalayan mountains to Philippines and Taiwan) and Australia and is widely popular in the flower market, being probably the most sold in the world.
The flower has a very interesting behaviour during polination. The petals, having extremely beautiful colors, have the role to attract the insects (on top of the protection role for the essentials parts of the flower). After the moment of poliantion, the petals and sepals will dry and desintegrate so they will not use the valuable energy of the plant anymore. Their role is finished. In other species of Phalaenopsis , the petals and sepals just start producing chloroplasts, turn into green and behave like leaves doing the photosynthesize.

Phalaenopsis are quite easy to grow, as long as they are provided with the conditions from they natural climate (20-35°C) but can easily adapt to a range of 15-30°C . They also requires high humidity (60-70%), low light and fresh air. The flowering process is caused by a drop of the daytime temperature bellow 27°C for a period of 2-4 weeks. In natural environment it is happening during fall. Kept inside, the flower will last 2-3 month.
There are two distinct groups of Phalaenopsis:
- a group with large and round flower of white or pink color, and branches up to 1m long
- a group with shorter stems, not so round shape and waxy flowers of more intense colors

In the history, the orchid was having different symbols. In ancient China it was considered a flower with royal parfume. Confucius was even saying that the pleasure caused by seeing a beloved person after a long period of time can be compared with staying in a room full of orchids. In Greece it was considered a symbol of fertility and it was offered to the brides. In Turkey, some species of orchid were used in narghile due to their hallucinogen effect.

Friday, May 6, 2011

Buskers in Copenhagen

Buskers or street performers are the people who perform in public different artistic activities in exchange of small amounts of money or just for fun.
You can find them everywhere doing almost anything that can be considered entertaining by the auditors. Sometime you like them, sometimes you don't.

I personally always stop for a moment in front of those, trying to see what they can offer. Some of them are really talented, some of them are trying hard, but all are struggling to make the life more pleasant and the street more vibrant. They bring colors and sounds, they are just modern troubadours that tell the story of their time.

Many well known artists were busking from time to time, some of them undercover like Sting and Bon Jovi. Benjamin Franklin was a busker; he was writing and singing songs about the events of his time, playing them in public.

23 years after Bruce Springsteen filmed a famous set of videos while busking in Copenhagen, people like Frederik Konradsen , Soluna Samay, Stilbruch and many others are keeping this spirit going. One can admire them in different pedestrian areas of Copenhagen including Amagertorv, Stroget, Christianhavn or Nyhavn. Just stop for a second, watch them and give them a coin.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Kronborg, the home of Hamlet


Kronborg, the fortress in the shape of a star, located at Helsingør is part of the UNESCO World Heritage. It is placed in the northeast of Sjælland, at the narrowest point of the Øresund sound that separates Denmark and Sweden. During the history, it had a great importance due to its strategical location. Kronborg and Kärnan (the castle located in Helsingborg on the other side of Øresund) were controlling the entrance to the Baltic sea.

Back in 15th century, Eric of Pomerania built a fortress there, called Krogen, to force all the ships entering or leaving Baltic Sea to pay taxes. Later on in 1585, Frederik II build an amazing Rennesaince castle and called it Kronborg. The castle became famous in the whole Europe due to its size and style. The castle suffered a lot when it burned almost completely in 1629 (only the chapel survived), being restore back to its beauty by Christian IV. The fortress prooved to be not so invincible when the Swedish armies conquered it in 1658. After that, Kronborg was fortified by building new ramparts around it, becoming one of the safest fortress in Europe.

A large part of 18ths and 19th century, the castle was used as a prison, the convicts being forced to work to fortify the castle, being guarded by the soldiers. Queen Caroline Mathilde , sister of George III was the most famous person imprisoned here.
Maybe the largest part pf the fame that the castle is having around the world comes from William Shakespeare's famous tragedy Hamlet, Prince of Denmark. The story is placed at Kronborg, called Elsinore by Shakespeare (the English name of Helsingør) and it paints the noble society using a broad range of themes including treachery, incest moral corruption and revenge. Hamlet is a fictional character, having no resemblance with any real life personality of Denmark history.

Here is usually colder and windier than in the rest of Sjælland. And sometimes, very foggy, as you can see in these pictures. But it worth going there and admiring the greatness of one of the most famous fortress in European history. In terms of transporation, you can get there by taking a regional train, from either Hellerup or Central Station. The official information about the castle can be found at Kronborg Slot

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Magnolia


What is magnolia? A very ancient flower that appeared on our planet many millions years in the past (the oldest fossils of magnolia dates 95 millions years ago).
Being a very old flower, it has some interesting and curious characteristics: it has no clear distinction between petals and sepals and it is pollinated by beetles, rather than bees (just because magnolia is older than bee itself). Most magnolias can be found in Asia, however there are many species original from North America, Central America, the West Indies and even South America.
The flower was initially classified by Charles Plumier in 1703 and he is the one who gave it the name of the French botanist Pierre Magnol. In the 18th century, different species have been discovered, so it was necessary to split the genus into two subgenera: Magnolia and Yulania. Later on, a new subgenus has been added: Gynopodium. Now there are more than 200 different species, having 12 sections, and 13 subsections inside the three above mentioned subgenera.

The flower can be white, pink or purple and it smells very nice. It is rather large (up to 30cm in Magnolia grandiflora or 10-20cm for other species) and you can usually see plenty of flowers in a magnolia tree.
Apart from its decorative purpose, magnolia have different other usages. It is used in Chinese traditional medicine (because its anti-anxiety and anti-angiogenic properties) and recently in the dental community because it was discovered that can have an inhibitive effect for bacteria that is causing caries. In Japan it is used for cooking different dishes and wrapping food.
Magnolia gave the name of a famous movie, starring Tom Cruise and there is a registered color having the same name (chosen as one of X Window System color names). Many cities in US have their name Magnolia and the states of Mississippi and Louisiana have it as official state flower. North Korea considers Magnolia sieboldii as their national flower.

Many interesting details can be found in external links like:
Magnolia Society and
List of magnolias

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Hellerup by night


If you are in the area of Hellerup and have some spare time we want to suggest you a place where you can take beautiful night shots. The place is located in Hellerup, in the former harbour of Tuborg factory. In the present, instead of the old brewery buildings, you can find a brand new marina, a shopping center and a very modern complex for office buildings. The location is great in the evening time, a fusion of water, bridges and colorfull lights.

The notable things that can be mentioned here are Waterfront Shopping, a small mall with about 25 shops and restaurants, the headquarter of Saxo Bank, Danish online investment bank specialized in foreign exchange, equities futures and funds and Experimentarium, a science center, opened in 1991, where visitors can perform different type of technical experiments.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Amelienborg palace


Amelienborg palace,located in Frederiksstaden was founded by King Frederick V (the one that built the whole district) to commemorate 300 years since his family, Oldenburg, was continuously reigning the country. The project was lead by Lord High Steward Adam Gottlob Moltke while the royal architect was Nicolai Eigtved. The final result is a notable exemple of European Baroque style.

Initially the palace was planned to be the home of the noble families, but after the Christiansborg Palace burnt down in 1794, the royal family moved into Amelienborg after buying it. Now it is the winter residence of the Danish royal family.
The palace complex consist of four identical mansions, surrounding an octagonal courtyard.

The four palaces are:
- the southwestern one, Christian VII's Palace, originally known as Moltke's Palace. It was erected between 1750-1754 and is the most expensive of them, having very extravagant interiors in rococo style.
- the northwestern one, Christian VIII's Palace, originally known as Levetzau's Palace. It was built for Privy Councillor Count Christian Frederik Levetzau between 1750-1760. In the present days, Crown Prince Frederik lived here until 2004.
- the northeastern one, Frederick VIII's Palace, originally known as Brockdorff's Palace. It was originally built for Count Joachim Brockdorff in the 1750s and later it was the home of Military Academy. Queen Dowager Ingrid lived here until she died in 2000.
- the southeastern one Christian IX's Palace, originally known as Schack's Palace. It has been the home of the royal couple since 1967 who also restored the palace when they moved in it, in 1967.

In the middle of the courtyard we can see, Frederick V, in an equestrian representation. The statue was made by french sculptor Jacques-Francois-Joseph Saly, between 1753 and 1771 (after King Frederik V's death).