Changes of the past to remain visible

26. October 2018 | Nyborg Castle

Kim Nyborg, a mason specializing in restoration, is working on securing the walls of Nyborg Castle, stabilizing cracked bricks or if necessary, replacing a defective brick with a new one that has exactly the same colour as the original. His goal is to carry out repairs that are not detectable.

A gigantic mosaic

At the moment, there is scaffolding all around Nyborg Castle (The Royal Wing) and around the Watch Tower. This is to allow for the masonry to be carefully inspected and restored. When you get close to the brick walls, it’s evident that they are far from being uniform in nature. The brickwork is a gigantic mosaic that tells a story of different stages of expansion and restoration of Nyborg Castle. These traces of history will be preserved when the walls are fully restored.

“It doesn’t need to be pretty, just as long as it’s real!” as Kim Nyborg says.

In earlier times, the facade of the castle was whitewashed, so it didn’t matter whether the bricks were uniform in appearance.

“We are happy about that now, since the brickwork can tell us a lot about the castle’s history,” says Claus Frederik Sørensen, who is department head of Landscape & Archaeology at the Museums of Eastern Funen.

 Strong bricks from the 1200’s

The greater part of the brickwork is from way back during the castle’s construction in around the year 1200, and is therefore about 800 years old. The oldest parts of the castle have stood the test of time especially well, also considering that the castle was built only about 50 years after bricks were first used as a building material in Denmark.

The replacement of bricks is only taking place in areas of the walls that reflect later phases of the building. The oldest bricks are being preserved and stablized by various methods.

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