Baroniet Rosendal is a manor and historic estate that is located in Hordaland county in Norway. The history of the estate dates back to the 1650s. it was at this time that Ludvig Holgersen Rosenkrantz, a nobleman, came to Bergen as a war commissioner for Fredrik III, the Danish king. During a ball that was held at the fortress Rosenkrantz meant Karen Axelsdatter Mowatt. She was the only heiress of the biggest fortune in the country at the time. Her father owned more than 550 farms. Mowatt and Rosenkrantz were married in 1658. Their wedding present was the farm that was called Hatteberg and was located in Rosendal.
Rosenkrantz began building a manor of his own in Rosendal in the year 1661. It was finished in 1665. It was given a barony status by King Christian V from Denmark, in the year 1678. The estate was one of a kind. In the year 1850, a romantic garden was planted around the manor.
The Rosendal family was an important part of the Norwegian culture. There were several authors and musicians who would often visit Rosendal. There were concerts held there over the years and this tradition still holds today.
The property was privately owned until the year 1927. The last owner donated the property to University of Oslo. It is now operated as a museum. There is a guided tour of the estate and manor that takes visitors through the history of the different occupations of the area from 1665 through 1930. The oldest of the restored rooms have been done as they would have been during the 19th century. The garden of the manor is simply magnificent and is often said to be the most gorgeous Victorian garden in the country.
Baroniet Rosendal Photo Gallery
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