Lisbon – day 5

It’s the first day starting with sunshine – good for visiting two world culture heritage places: the Jerónimos Monastery (pt. Mosteiro dos Jeronimos) and the tower of Belém (pt. Torre des Belém). Both buildings had survived the big earthquake of 1755. Nevertheless the fortified lighthouse is only a replica build in 1846 as the original was destroyed by Napoleon’s invasion.

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A majestic ruin – Koldinghus

We would call it a castle but with an elegant understatement the Danish just call ist Koldinghus. It was erected in 1268 and for seven hundred years it was frontier post, a residence for kings and queens, a governmental seat. The western wing was build by Christian I. If he felled his decision in favour of a Morovian settlement in Christiansfeld when he was sitting in his 57m long knights’ hall with the tall gothic windows?

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Stars from Christiansfeld

When the danish king Christian VII, who was at the same time the Duke of Schleswig, visited the village Zeist in the Netherlands in 1768, he was impressed by the artisans of the Moravian Church, of their diligence and their skill. He was so impressed that he allowed them 3 years later to settle in Schleswig. On the 1st April of 1773 the foundation of the first house and therefore the city was laid. Grateful the settlers named their new city Christiansfeld. – And as impressed as the danish king was 250 years ago, todays visitors of this historc place are also – at least we were.

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