Monday, April 23, 2007

Kronborg Slot

(best seen Full Size-click on bottom left corner)

"To sleep, perchance to dream..."

Kronborg Castle aka Hamlet's castle in Helsingør (Elsinore). Nothing impressive on the inside, but the setting is inspiring because you can see Helsingborg, Sweden from across the Sound.

The legendary Holger Danske immortalized in Hans Christian Andersen's story sits in the Casemates. I doubt he will ever wake up.

Helsingør is a lovely little town. The weather was on our side but the the sun was too high, so the photos aren't perfect.

I love Shakespeare's Hamlet. But what Jiri said is true: you can't imagine how the story could have happened in a castle like that. Then again I prefer the Kenneth Branagh film version (with Branagh as the Prince of Denmark) shot at Blenheim Palace than the Franco Zeffirelli one (with Mel Gibson) shot at Blackness Castle and Dunnottar Castle in Scotland.

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