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Christiansborg: the gripping story of the palace where the hit series Borgen was filmed

Although it was released in Denmark in 2010, the unmissable and impressive series Bail (It consists of three seasons of 10 chapters each) arrived in Argentina this year through Nétflix.

The tram turns around Birgitte Nyborg (Sidse Babett Knudsen), leader of a small center party in Denmark, Los Moderados, whose main aspiration in the elections is to get a sufficient number of deputies to be able to enter a government coalition with the two dominant parties. However, from the tough negotiations with the rest of the parties, she managed to be proposed, unexpectedly, to be Prime Minister and in charge of forming the Government.

The series deals with manipulations, business, the relationship between politicians and the media, disloyalty and betrayal of third parties and of one’s own convictions. As Birgitte comes to power she will be presented with a series of dilemmas. Will you be able to keep your transparency? How will he manage in a world full of betrayals and dirty games? Will it be part of that? How will this decision affect your family? What will happen to her husband? Can everything go back to how it was before?


Borgen addresses manipulations, business, the relationship between politicians and the media, among other topics Credit: Gentileza Nétflix

Much of the plot takes place in Bail, the term by which Christiansborg Palace is known, seat of the three powers of the state and office of the Prime Minister.

History

Christiansborg Palace is located on the islet of Slotsholmen in Copenhagen, Denmark, and is the headquarters of the Danish Parliament, the office of the Danish Prime Minister and the Danish Supreme Court. In addition, various parts of the building are used by the monarchy, such as the Royal reception rooms, the palace chapel and the royal stables.

The current building is the last in a series of castles and palaces built in the year 1167 and from that moment on it witnessed several wars, demolitions and fires that ended up molding it to the way it looks today.

Two fires

The king of Denmark Christian IV had this palace built on the remains of an old fortress. However, several years later he himself would send it down to build his own palace. However, in 1794 his new palace was completely destroyed after a fire so he and his family had to move to the Amalienborg residence, according to the site copenhague.es.


The palace suffered two fires: the first in 1794 and the second in 1884

The palace suffered two fires: the first in 1794 and the second in 1884 Credit: Gentileza Istockphoto

Meanwhile, the reconstruction works began on the palace that was recently reopened in 1828. But bad luck or fate came once more in 1884 at which time a second fire broke out.

What can be seen at Christiansborg Palace?

The current palace, as seen inside and out in the series, dates from 1928, when the last restoration of the building was completed. The works were carried out by the architect Thorvald Jørgensen, who leaned towards the neo-baroque style. It is a palace with simple and elegant lines, very similar to the Nordic palaces of the time.

The palace, has the tallest tower in Copenhagen (106 meters) topped by a crown, It is usually one of the most visited sites by tourists who choose to spend a few days in the capital of Denmark.


The current building is the last of a series of castles and palaces built in the year 1167 and from that moment on it witnessed several wars, demolitions and fires that ended up shaping it to the way it looks today.

The current building is the last of a series of castles and palaces built in the year 1167 and from that moment on it witnessed several wars, demolitions and fires that ended up shaping it to the way it looks today. Credit: Gentileza Istockphoto

Inside, several paintings by Joakim Skivgaard depict ancient Danish legends and on the windows you can see the portraits of transcendent characters from Danish history.

Christiansborg Palace has five main attractions: the royal reception rooms with the great hall and tapestries, the royal stables, the royal kitchen, the Christiansborg Palace chapel, and the ruins below the palace.


The current palace, as seen inside and out in the series, dates from 1928, when the last restoration of the building was completed

The current palace, as seen inside and out in the series, dates from 1928, when the last restoration of the building was completed Credit: Courtesy Secrets Courtiers

One of the places that stands out, according to copenhague.es, is the Throne Room where the balcony on which the Danish monarchs are proclaimed is located and decorated with various tapestries that represent the most important events in the history of this European country. In addition, you can go through the Alexander Hall, which has a frieze depicting the arrival of Alexander the Great in Babylon.

Other settings where the series was filmed

In addition, Borgen used as a location a plaza located on one side of the palace and in the center of which the army was trained on horseback. In that place some encounters between Birgitte and Pernille Madsen, a coalition partner who belonged to the Labor Party, were filmed.

Another site featured in the series is the Soren K restaurant, located inside the Kongelige Bibliotek, where Birgitte meets with Bjorn Marrot, leader of the Labor Party, to negotiate the position of the European Commissioner in Brussels.


The building where Katrine lived, one of the key characters in the series

The building where Katrine lived, one of the key characters in the series Credit: Gentileza Geografiainfinita.com

Walking north of the Danish capital you can see number 48 of Overgaden Oven Vandet, the building where Katrine Fonsmark lives, one of Borgen’s most important characters who in the first two seasons stands out as a journalist and host on the public channel TV1 and who in the third becomes the media advisor for Birgitte cWhen she decides to return to politics.

He Marmorbroen Bridge It is where Birgitte Nyborg, without being prime minister yet, meets with Troels Höxenhaven, who offers to publish a series of racist messages written by Michael Laugesen, until then leader of the Labor Party who later ends up displaced from his position and begins to lead a tabloid newspaper.

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