Embassy of Russia in Copenhagen
|Embassy of the Russian Federation in Copenhagen
Посольство Российской Федерации в Копенгагене
Den russiske føderations ambassade i København
History of the chancery[change | edit source]
In 1897, Otto Mønsted, a Danish businessman and margarine magnate, purchased three pieces of land in Østerbro, Copenhagen and hired architect Vilhelm Dahlerup to design a villa. Dahlerup, who specialised in Italian Renaissance style design had previously designed the Hotel D’Angleterre, Jesus Church in Valby, National Gallery, Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, amongst others. Completed in 1899, the building of the mansion cost Mønsted half a million krone.
The entrance was decorated with a monogram with the initials AOM (for Anna-Otto-Mønsted). The Mønsteds kept a large staff in their mansion. Gardeners creating a large garden. In the garage Mønsted kept Copenhagen's most expensive car. The Mønsteds also bred Scottish hunting dogs and kept race horses in the barn.
In 1934 Anna Mønsted sold the mansion for 265,000 krone to Countess Musse Scheel. Scheel was a Danish actress and became the last private owner of the mansion. Scheel was an animal lover and was regarded as being eccentric. Scheel kept a hen house in the yard and sold eggs to her neighbours.
During the occupation of Denmark by Nazi Germany the mansion was the headquarters of the Northern Society. The Northern Society promoted cultural co-operation between Nazi Germany and the Nordic countries.
In 1950, the Soviet Union signed a contract leasing the mansion for 20,000 krone per year. In 1982, the mansion, as well as Kristianiagade 3 (consulate) and Bergensgade 11 (embassy school), were granted to the Soviets, on the basis of reciprocity, free of charge for the purpose of embassy requirements for a period of 70 years, until 31 December 2051.
References[change | edit source]
- "Diplomatic missions". Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Denmark). pp. 157. http://www.um.dk/NR/rdonlyres/B9BCFB95-D093-43EA-80E9-E5D4B4AC891F/0/DiplomaticMissions2009.pdf. Retrieved 2009-10-08.
- (Danish) "Otto Mønsteds Fond 75 års jubilæum". Copenhagen: Otto Mønsteds Fond. 2009. pp. 12-13. http://viewer.zmags.com/getMagPdf.php?mid=wfpfhr. Retrieved 2009-10-08.
- "History of the building of the Russian Embassy in Denmark". Embassy of Russia in Copenhagen. http://www.denmark.mid.ru/41e.html. Retrieved 2009-10-08.
- (Danish) "Musse Scheel". Dansk film database. http://www.danskefilm.dk/skuespiller/3527.html. Retrieved 2009-10-08.
- (Danish) "Bygning: Kristianiagade 5". Heritage Agency of Denmark. https://www.kulturarv.dk/fbb/bygningvis.htm?bygning=3129325. Retrieved 2009-10-08.
- (Danish) "Bygning: Kristianiagade 5". Heritage Agency of Denmark. https://www.kulturarv.dk/fbb/bygningvis.htm?bygning=3135346. Retrieved 2009-10-08.
Other websites[change | edit source]
- (English) (Danish) (Russian) Embassy of Russia in Copenhagen