Monday, February 21, 2022

The Smaller Arms of Denmark at Kronborg Castle

Continuing our armorial look at Kronborg Castle in Helsingør, Denmark, we were not especially surprised to find depictions of the arms of Denmark, given that Kronborg was a royal castle.

Today, we're going to look at the depictions we found of the lesser, or smaller (that is to say, the plain, unquartered), arms of the kingdom.

Here on a stone frieze we find the three lions and nine hearts of Denmark on a crowned shield.

Next, we came to this very impressive doorway in the inner courtyard surmounted by the arms of Denmark surrounded by thirteen shields of the arms of its claimed territories.

Inside, in the Chapel at the castle, we find this same motif, the arms of Denmark surrounded by arms of its territories, only this time gloriously carved in all of its Baroque splendor and painted in full color.

We’ve seen this armorial layout before, at Frederiksborg Castle. For example, in my post of June 24, 2021, at

Many of the territorial arms surrounding the lesser arms of Denmark can be identified from those found individually in the ceiling of the Rose Room in Frederiksborg Castle, in my post of July 12, 2021, at

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