On the 4th of July 2015, North Sealand achieved another distinguished place on the UNESCO World Heritage list with its par force hunting landscape. The Great Deer Park (Store Dyrehave) close to Hillerød, Gribskov and Jægersborg Deer Park are now officially part of the cultural heritage of the whole world.
The King, inspired by the magnificent palace of Versailles, shaped the royal hunting grounds in North Sealand to fit the par force hunting system. In par force hunting the riders and dogs hunt a royal stag to its exhaustion whereupon the King or his distinguished guest had the honour of killing the animal by sword or spear. The landscape was shaped with ruler-straight forest roads in a star-shaped pattern surrounded by squares in the Baroque style. It was thus a magnificent staging of the absolute monarch’s power over Nature.
The UNESCO committee motivates the admission of the par force hunting landscape in North Sealand with the argument that it is “an unusual and well-preserved example of the values of the European Baroque being presented in the shaping of Nature”.
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