The Renaissance 1536-1630
Renaissance means 'rebirth', and the concept was a significant break with the Middle Ages; in spiritual, artistic and social terms. The main influence on Danish architecture came from the Netherlands, as did many of the contemporary architects. In the Dutch Renaissance, the prototypes from the homeland of the Renaissance, Italy, were reduced to sandstone ornaments on brick buildings.
In the early 18th century, noblewoman Karen Brahe
transformed this 16th-century building into a home for unmarried
noblewomen, a function it retained until the 1970s.
The old Bishop's Palace in Ribe
dating back to 1570-80, with a few wooden beams even dating back to
1520, is possibly one of the best preserved renaissance buildings
in the country.
house was built by Oluf Bager in 1586 on the site of an earlier
building. Oluf Bager was the country's wealthiest merchant at the
time. Over the course of their 400 year history the buildings have
changed considerably in response to changes in their