TPR's 2014 Scandinavia Tour according to Gary in Photo Trip Report Archive Posted November 22, 2014 Hello again everyone! So there are two more culture based updates that I will be posting, and then we will get into the meat and potatoes of the TPR Scandinavia Trip, the different parks that we visited! For now, here is the next part of the cultural updates..... Day 2.4: Christiansborg Palace, Part 2-The Ruins and Royal Stables In the previous update, Jeff and I had done the first of three different exhibits at Christiansborg Palace, the Royal State Rooms. In this update you will see the other two exhibits, the Ruins and the Royal Stables. The Ruins are the remains and artifacts from the previous palaces that had once been built on the same piece of land that the current Christiansborg Palace stands. Ranging from pieces of décor to old foundations and walls of the previous palaces. In the Royal Stables, you can see the royal horses as well as the royal carriages that have been utilized when the royal family makes appearances throughout Copenhagen. So let's take a look around! Next stop, the Ruins of Christiansborg Palace This exhibit gets two thumbs up! When you get to the exhibit underneath the palace, you can take a look at the layout of the exhibit and even see where the current palace sits in relation to your location. A little bit of history about the different palaces of Denmark. My recollection is that they kind of alternated from the location of the current Christiansborg palace to another location then back to the current location then to another location then back to the current location again. Repeating until we get to the present day Christiansborg Palace. Most of the previous palaces that stood on this spot had been destroyed by fires, thus necessitating a new one. And here is some rubble from one of the previous palaces. And this was a part of the old sewage system of a previous palace. .....That's right, there had been a few royal flushes through this. a part of an old foundation from a previous palace. Pieces of different bricks that have been used by the different palaces over time. Another wall from one of the old palaces. "Yeah Bob, just shift it closer to me. Doesn't look quite level yet. If we're going to intimidate our enemies, then we are going to do so the right way!" Ye olde buckets! So as mentioned before, most of the previous palaces on this site suffered the same fate...burning to the ground. Jeff finds the way to the second part. "I do say Robert, the leveling is very well done! This will surely be an effective deterrent! Here you can see previous palaces of the Royal Family This one looks very similar to the current palace Some of them had a more unique layout The most common feature being the tall tower on one side, as seen in the current palace. A piece of one of the former palaces I assume that this was decoration of the exterior of one of the palaces Here you can find old wood that was used in previous palace construction Really large tooth picks maybe? More palace decor Jeff doesn't seem to mind getting into tight spaces Here you can see more rubble from palaces past This was kind of neat to see a comparison of traditional foundations of previous palaces compared to the modern foundation supports of the current palace. Although this is probably more for the purpose of this exhibit. Still cool though. And this is an old well that was once utilized in a previous palace. So as you move on to the next exhibit, again you can kind of see the similarity between the current palace to the previous ones. And this statue is symbolic of our next exhibit... ...The Royal Stables. Home of the horses of the Danish Royal Family These horses are used for appearances of the royal family like that shown in the picture. One of the biggest events with their utilization is on New Years Day when the Royal Family rides from their residence at Amalienborg Palace to Christiansborg Palace, and they greet officials of the Danish Parliament, and in return the members of Parliament can offer their best wishes to the Royal Family for the new year. Here is some of the equipment that has been utilized for the royal horses And old saddle Clothing of the royal mounted military as well as the royal coachmen An older royal carriage. This one utilized back just before the turn of the 19th century. And here we go into the stables A bit of information about the horses. And here is one of the royal horses. To my knowledge, the Danish Royal Family has always used white horses. The stalls in which the royal horses are bathed One of the open-air royal carriages... ...and an enclosed one. They have quite a collection of carriages. I don't recall which, if any, of them are still in use and which are retired. They also offer other colors as well. A look at the set up for the royal carriage with the bridles and the coachman on top of a carriage. Would be really neat to have seen an actual royal ride in person, but this was still very cool! And a look back towards the stables where the horses are kept. What is neat is that just outside the stable, but still within the palace grounds in an open area where the horses are able to exercise. Not a bad view od the palace either. And as you exit the other side of the palace, you walk above the canal that was part of the canal tour. More specifically, there is the tight squeeze tunnel. And that concludes our visit to Christansborg Palace. I hope you all enjoyed it and look forward to one more cultural update...Mine and Jeff's visit to Carlsberg Brewery. Following that update will be the first of the park updates that are a part of the 2014 Theme Park Review Scandinavia Tour. Thanks again everyone for checking it out and your feedback thus far!