Yellow Palace, Copenhagen

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The Yellow Palace
General information
Architectural styleNeoclassical
Town or cityCopenhagen
CountryDenmark
Construction started1758
Completed1764
Design and construction
ClientH. F. Bargum
ArchitectNicolas-Henri Jardin
 
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The Yellow Palace
General information
Architectural styleNeoclassical
Town or cityCopenhagen
CountryDenmark
Construction started1758
Completed1764
Design and construction
ClientH. F. Bargum
ArchitectNicolas-Henri Jardin

The Yellow Palace (Danish: Det Gule Palæ), or Bergum's Mansion, is a mansion in Amaliegade next to Amalienborg Palace in the Frederiksstaden district of Copenhagen, Denmark. It is considered the first example of Neoclassical architecture in Copenhagen.

The mansion was built as a burgher's house but was acquired by the Danish Royal Family. Prince Christian of Glücksborg, later to become Christian IX of Denmark, took up residence in it when he first arrived in Copenhagen. With him, due to the prominent lives of his offspring, the fairly modest mansion became the birthplace of such European royalty as Frederick VIII of Denmark, Alexandra, Queen of the United Kingdom, George I of Greece and Maria Feodorovna, Empress of Russia.

Today the building is owned by the Danish Palaces and Properties Agency and houses the Lord Chamberlain's Office.

History

When Frederiksstaden was laid around 1748, it was envisioned as a uniform Rococo district. All new buildings had to comply with certain guidelines stipulated by Nicolai Eigtved, the district's masterplanner. After Eigtved's death in 1754 they were in principle upheld but as fashions changed they were somewhat relaxed. The Yellow Mansion was built built from 1759 to 1764 for the timber merchant H. F. Bargum.. The architect was Nicolas-Henri Jardin and he designed it in the Neoclassical style as the first building in Copenhagen.[1]

King Frederick VI purchased the mansion in 1810 to use it as a guest residence for relatives visiting the royal family. In 1837, King Frederik VII handed the property over to his nephew Prince Christian of Glücksborg who had just arrived in Copenhagen from Germany. At this stage no one knew that he was later to become Christian IX as the first Glücksburg king of Denmark. Prince Christian took up residence in the mansion and lived there until 1865 when he had become king and moved into Amalienborg Palace.

Later Prince Valdemar lived in the Yellow Palace until his death in 1939 as its last royal resident.[2]

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Coordinates: 55°40′58″N 12°35′33″E / 55.6829°N 12.5926°E / 55.6829; 12.5926