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The Gate house of Sorø Academy (Danish, Sorø Akademi) in Sorø, Denmark is the second-oldest school in Denmark, and is known for its role as both a center of early Scandinavian Christianity and the cradle of many famous Danes, such as writer Ludvig Holberg, who gave his fortune to re-establish the Academy in 1750 after a devastating fire, and the Danish royalty.

Saxo Grammaticus (1160 - 1208) wrote the first written Danish History book the "Gesta danorum" (The achievements of the Danes) living in the flat above the gate.

William Shakespeare wrote the play "Hamlet" from Amletus (Amleth in Danish) in "Gesta danorum".

The world famous writer Hans Christian Andersen visited Sorø Academy regularly

Its roots date back to 1140 when Archbishop Absalon established the Cistercian monastery of Sorø amid the lakes and forests of central Zealand.

It was originally the school for Danish aristocracy; today it continues to be a center of learning and religion, as a modern local and boarding secondary school, which is open to the public.

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Uploaded on: 04-03-14 © Peter Topp Enge Jonasen
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