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Hillerød in North Zealand is the hometown of Christian IV’s magnificent Renaissance Castle, Frederiksborg Castle, which was built in the beginning of the 17th century. The king was deeply attached to the place and he often used it as a residence. In the following centuries the castle provided the setting for important ceremonial events, first and foremost the anointing of absolute monarchs.
In 1859 a devastating fire broke out and destroyed some of the castle exterior and large parts of the interior. The founder of the Carlsberg Breweries J.C. Jacobsen played an important role in the extensive restoration work. It was his idea that the castle should since then accommodate a Museum of National History. The museum was founded in 1878 and it is today regarded as a national monument of great historical importance.
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