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Millions earmarked for Jutland archaeological project

Historic Hald forts and manor houses to get facelift

March 19th, 2015 6:05 pm| by admin
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The historic Hald forts and manors near Viborg, Jutland will receive a considerable facelift in the near future thanks to a 50 million kroner donation from the AP Møller and Hustru Chastine Mc-Kinney Møllers Fund.

The government intends to transform the notable Danish landmark – which consists of three forts from the Middle Ages and two manors – into a more popular attraction via four means: further archaeological digs in the area, repairs, renovations and the development of a modern communications platform.

”The Five Halds by Viborg is one of the most important historic places in Denmark,” Marianne Jelved, the culture minister, said. ”The forts and manors tell the story of Denmark's history from the Middle Ages until today.”

”Thanks to this generous donation, we have the opportunity to give the landmark the attention it deserves and ensure its cultural heritage is available for future generations.”

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Done in 2020
The oldest of the Hald forts dates back to around 1200, when it was replaced by another fort, which in turn was also replaced later on.

Among those backing the new Hald project – which is due to be completed in 2020 – are the culture authorities Kulturstyrelsen, the nature authorities Naturstyrelsen, Viborg Municipality and the association dedicated to the landmark, De fem Halder.