Too often neglected by those Hamlet-crazed visitors, this former Carmelite monastery is one of the best preserved in the North of Europe. Rumor has it, the monks here used to flagellate themselves inside its walls like that albino monk did in the controversial film The Da Vinci Code.
The church was built between 1430 and 1500, and much of its original architecture remains. You can see the newly renovated organ that was used by the famous baroque composer Dietrich Buxtehude from 1660 to 1668. Murals dating from the 1480s have also been restored, and there is an impressive altarpiece from 1637. The interior contains two galleries, a royal gallery and a rococo gallery, dating from the 17th and 18th centuries. After the Reformation, the monastery was dissolved and converted into a retirement home.
Inside the walls of the ecclesiastical compound is the Karmeliterklostret Monastery, which can be visited on a guided tour. After the monks were booted out, this building was turned into a hospital specializing in brain surgery. With so little known about brain surgery in those days, you can imagine how botched the operations were.
In case you get asked on some trivia TV quiz, the body of the notorious Dyveke, mistress of Christian II, was buried here upon her death in 1517. Local gossips claimed that the king "wore her out."
The monastery lies near the intersection of Havnegade and Kronborgvej.
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