Frederiksborg Castle is the largest Renaissance Castle in Scandinavia. The castle was built by King Christian IV in the early decades of the 17th century and incorporates the best of Renaissance architecture and craftsmanship.
Since 1878, Frederiksborg Castle has housed the Museum of National History. A tour through the museum is a tour through 500 years of Danish history illustrated by portraits, history paintings, furniture and decorative art. Here the guest encounters people and events which have shaped Danish history from the Middle Ages to the 21st century.
Building on the site of Cardiff Castle began almost 2,000 years ago and culminated in the nineteenth century with the fantastical High Gothic structure that we see today. The present Cardiff Castle evolved from a house owned by the 3rd Marquis of Bute who enlisted the extraordinary skills of the architect William Burges (1827–81) to redesign the structure and its interiors. Burges unveiled designs for the tower exterior and its interiors at the Royal Academy in 1870.
The theme of the Clock Tower is time. Set to either side of the large, cast iron clocks on each face of the tower are seven over life-sized figures representing the planets as Roman gods. The figures stand on pedestals and hold attributes relating to their sign of the Zodiac. Portrayed in medieval costume, the gods are Saturn, Jupiter, Mars, Sol, Venus, Mercury, and Luna.
(detail from The Sun Panel in Eggenberg Castle Planetary Room, Graz, Austria)
Detailed article about the Planetary Room with planets and zodiac paintings: Castle Eggenberg Planetary Room