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The tapestries at Christiansborg Palace. Shows part of the tapetry called "Adelsvældet". Foto: Adam Rzepka

The Tapestries

More than 1000 years of Danish history in wool

The Great Hall is decorated with 17 colourful tapestries. 1,100 years of Danish history from the Viking Age to the year 2000 have been woven onto these 17 tapestries. The tapestries teem with the figures of kings, queens, heads of state and other prominent figures that have shaped the history of Denmark and the rest of the world.

The tapestries feature scenes from the siege of Copenhagen by the Swedish army on the night between 11th and 12th February 1659, and from the Second World War when dark clouds hung over Europe in the shadow of Hitler’s Third Reich. However, the tapestries also record momentous and positive change, such as the fall of the Berlin Wall and the first moon landing. The artist behind the illustrations was Bjørn Nørgaard. A team of weavers from Manufactures Nationales des Gobelins et de Beauvais worked on the tapestries for ten years.  

A gift for the Queen

The tapestries were a gift to Her Majesty the Queen to mark her 50th birthday. The work of art was inaugurated on the Queen's 60th birthday on 16th April 2000. 

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The Tapestries photo: Thorkild Jensen
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