Nyborg Slot is Denmark's oldest preserved royal castle from the time of the Valdemar kings. It may have been built as early as 1170 by Knud Prizlavsen, a close relative of the royal family. Upon his death, the castle reverted to the King and remained royal property for the rest of the Middle Ages. The castle was regularly renovated and expanded in the decades around 1400, and later in the first half of the 1500s when Nyborg was declared to be the capital of Denmark. In the 1520’s, King Frederik I made many structural and decorative changes that are still visible, including the characteristic geometric painting of the walls.
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