The Danish Castle Centre
In the heart of Vordingborg is The Danish Castle Centre – a reminder of the medieval heyday in South Zealand – told in a new way.
The Danish Castle Centre is a historical museum that recounts the history of Denmark based on Vordingborg, the home of the Dannebrog. The museum is located in the Vordingborg Castle grounds, in the middle of the country’s largest ruin. The castle, built by King Valdemar the Victorious, is probably best known for the Goose Tower, which still stands proudly overlooking the Farø Bridges.
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Current exhibitions by Jim Lyngvild
Queens of Power
With the exhibition 'Queens of power' The Danish Castle Center brings forward seven powerful queens and their stories and show why these queens are part of the history. The city of Vordingborg is widely known as the city of kings, however with the current exhibition 'Queens of power', The Danish Castle Center address the history of the queens and their role in battles of power and the castle.
'We have seen the beautiful paintings and portraits of the medieval queens. But who were they and what power did they have? With this exhibition we focus on the great influence and power the queens actually had. They were not just beautiful accessories to their kings, the queens also had great power and made decisions that also gave them blood on their hands,' says museummanager Keld Møller Hansen.
Blood & Diamonds
The designer Jim Lyngvild recreates the russian tsars jewels, jewels that were sold and spread all across the world upon The Russian Revolution in 1917. The exhibition tells the story of the enormous wealth, abundance and power that eventually led to revolution and execution of the russian tsar family.
There have always been a strong bond and kinship between the danish and the russian regents. The kings Valdemar the Great and Valdemar Atterdag both origin from russian families and the danish Queen Dagmar was the mother of the last tsar Nikolaj the second. So the exhibition tells the story of power as well as the story that the there are limits to exercising power.
Special exhibitions and the Dannebrog
Archaeological finds from Vordingborg and the surrounding areas are on display in the Danish Castle Centre’s exhibitions, as well as jewellery, weapons and other exciting finds from the time of Valdemar Atterdag (Valdemar IV of the New Dawn)!
In 2019, the Danish Castle Centre celebrated the 800th birthday of the Dannebrog. The Dannebrog was taken to Vordingborg in 1219 after a great battle in Estonia, which almost ended fatally, but (if the legend is to be believed) still worked out in the Danes’ favour.
Three interesting facts about The Danish Castle Centre
1. In the Middle Ages, it was the largest royal castle in Denmark, covering an area the size of eight football pitches!
2. The weapon of war called the “trebuchet” could launch stones, fireballs and other ammunition, as well as beehives, dead animals and prisoners of war, should you want to spread disease and terror among the enemy!
3. There were nine castle towers, 12 half-towers and a 770 m protective wall!