Elsinore in the 19th century
Kronborg castle, completed in 1585 is, of course, the setting for Shakespeare's Hamlet. Locally in Denmark it is also known for Holger Danske, the legendary Danish hero, who sleeps beneath its battlements but will wake and defend Denmark in its hour of need.
Denmark went through much upheaval in the 19th century. It prospered economically, and socially with the new constitution of King Frederick VII, but lost terrritory: Norway was ceded to Sweden and Heligoland to Britain after the Napoleonic war. Schleswig Holstein and Lauenburg were lost to Prussia in the war of 1864.
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