At the highest spot of Eremitage Field at the Jægersborg Zoo, north of Copenhagen, lies the royal pleasure palace of Eremitagen. The palace was constructed by the architect Lauritz de Thurah in 1734-36 for the late king Christian VI. Not as a residence, but as a place for the king to hold banquets during his hunting parties. Eremitage, or “hermitage”, literally means “in solitude”, and the very idea was that the king wanted to be able to serve his guests without any servants present. Consequently one had a “banquet machine” installed, to raise the set table from the cellar to the dining hall.
The Eremitagen is certainly one of my favorite places in Denmark. Its history, the light and the animals roaming the field inspire nostalgia, and this is why I chose this scenic location as the setting for these photos, which were taken on a lovely afternoon to achieve that somewhat old-fashioned, adventurous expression.
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