By Jeppe Villadsen, journalist, 2006
Let romance blossom
There is nowhere in Europe where there are as many manor houses and castles as in Eastern Funen. In the middle of this fairytale landscape of landed estates, avenues and parks we find Glorup Manor. It was built in the 1590s as a four-winged renaissance manor, but was rebuilt in 1765. The rebuilding is actually the most notable feature of Glorup Manor.
Between green walls
The knowledgeable French landscape architect Nicolas Henri Jardin prepared a plan indicating how to transform the original moated renaissance estate, to a small elegant baroque manor with low, white-washed wings. Of the original building, only the cellars are preserved.
At the same time, one of the country’s earliest romantic gardens was laid out, a so-called “Anglo-Chinese” garden. It reaches between the green walls of two mighty lime-tree avenues pointing out into the landscape from the manor. In the garden, oaks, fruit trees and exotic plants are spread in neat and regular patterns in addition to pavilions, ornamental vases and statues. Everything is connected by curving footpaths. A pond with a fountain on a small island in the middle rounds off the structure.
Andersen’s favourite manor
Hans Christian Andersen often visited Glorup and even had his own room there. Over the years he spent a total of more than a year as a guest at the manor. Today the garden and manor house are basically unchanged since the rebuilding in the mid-18th century and they are evidence of the exquisite and fine architecture and garden design of that period. As a structure, Glorup Manor is a fine example of architecture that is based on ideas from outside Denmark, but transformed into a Danish context.
Did you know?
Glorup Manor has over the years had various 29 owners. Several of the owners helped shape the farm's architectural cut. Glorup Manor was originally a Renaissance farm, but in 1742-43 it was rebuilt in Baroque style by Philip de Lange and later rebuilt in 1762-65 by Christian Joseph Zuber (after the draft of Nicolas-Henri Jardin) to a typical louisse lock with associated anglo Chinese garden.
The committee's justification
By the Committee for Architecture, 2006
Glorup consists of a main building and home farm, and has an important place in Danish architecture as an excellent example of reconstruction based on great international thinking transplanted to Denmark, using the potential of architecture and the landscape.
A renaissance farm with a moat, kitchen garden, pleasure garden and home farm in an area of lakes and marshes became a small baroque castle with low, whitewashed wings connected to a garden, the avenue and walls of which stretch out into the landscape. In the middle of the 18th century, one of the earliest romantic gardens in the country was created within the almost parallel avenues of linden. A so-called Anglo-Chinese garden with oak, fruit and exotic trees, pavilions, statues and vases connected by winding paths.
The formal French Baroque gardens’ straight lines and propensity to embrace the surroundings are still capable of forming a framework for changing versions of landscape gardens. Today, we still have autonomous, powerful, architectural spaces in which avenues form walls, the water in the pond and the lawns of the pastoral landscape. Gnarled branches and trunks, and the refractive leaves of the old hedge create some sought-after vagueness in an area of great strength, beauty and clarity.