Bishop Absalon's Castle survived for over 200 years
until it was occupied and plundered by the North
German traders - called the Hanseatic League
in 1369 - who then demolish the castle stone
by stone - as it had for years been a irritating bastions
for their trade on the Sound. The ruins of Absalon's castle
was discovered in 1917 - under the excavation
of the present Christiansborg Palace and
can bee seen beneath the foundations.
Bishop Absalon (1128-1201) - was a remarkable person of the
middle age - with great influence on Copenhagen’s history
- life and trade - plus a significant character and reputation
as churchman - statesman and commander.
of Roskilde and Lund
As archbishop of Roskilde - which was the
capital of Denmark in the 12th century - Bishop Absalon became
the adviser of his foster brother King
Valdemar I (Great) - when the King ascended the Danish
throne - and Absalon was elected bishop of Roskilde in 1158.
Later in 1178 - Absalon became archbishop
of Lund - a province in Sweden near Malmø.