Egeskov Castle is an ancient water or moat castle located in Funen, Denmark. It is considered to be the best preserved Renaissance water castle in Europe. It has proudly stood for more than 450 years, dotting the beautiful landscape of Southern Funen.
Egeskov Castle History
Egeskov Castle was completed in 1554. It was built by Frands Brokenhuus, who previously married Anne Tinhuus, daughter of the original estate owner where the castle was built. The name "Egeskov", translated as "oak forest" was said to have been derived from the legend that it took an entire forest of oak trees in order to build the foundation of the castle.
Egeskov Castle Features
As a moat castle, Egeskov Castle was build above oaken piles constructed within a small lake. The lake itself has a maximum depth of 5meters or 16 feet, making the castle quite protected. The castle was originally only accessible by means of a drawbridge.
The construction of the moat castle was justified during that time due to the increasing problems caused by the civil war during that time called the Count’s Feud and the general civil unrest brought about by the Protestant Reformation. Most of the noblemen during that time planned to build their homes as fortifications to protect their family and wealth from the effects of civil unrest happening around them.
Egeskov Castle Architecture
Egeskov Castle was build primarily as a fortified abode for its inhabitants . Aside from being surrounded by a moat, the castle compound is composed of two long buildings that are being connected by a one meter thick double wall. The double wall also contains several secret staircases that allowed its occupants to move around without trouble. The bricks used in the castle are oversized ones known as "monks bricks". The castle, despite being constructed during the 14th Century already has its own indoor plumbing.