Watched Places

Ancient Philippines

The Ancient Philippine Archipelago


The more then seven thousand islands that make up the Philippine Archipelago are home to one of the most diverse cultural regions of the ancient southeast Asian world

Ancient Thailand

The Ancient Cultures of Siam


The ancient Siamese kingdoms of Thailand maintained an independent existence throughout their thousand year history, and were never conquered by foreign powers

Ancient Armenia

The Ancient Armenian Kingdoms


First mentioned in the Bible, the ancient
Kingdom of Armenia was among the first nations to convert to Christianity, tracing a national lineage for more the three thousand years

Ancient Ireland

The Ancient Celtic World


The enigmatic Celts left their most enduring stamp on Ireland, their last holdout from the migrations that pushed them to the periphery of the British Isles

Ancient Tunisia

The Ancient Punic and Carthaginian Empires


Tunisia is home to the ruins of the Carthaginian Empire that was defeated in the Punic Wars by Rome, before it could have become the cradle of the western world

Ancient England

The Ancient Cultures of Britain


The island of Brittania, as it was known to the ancients, is home to ancient monoliths like Stonehenge and the ruins of Roman Cities
and later Anglo-Saxon settlements

Ancient Arabia

The Ancient Arab World


The Arabian peninsula has been at the crossroads of Asia, Europe and Africa since mankind's earliest migrations, becoming the center of religious awakening that spread out in four directions

Ancient Chile

The Ancient Cultures of Patagonia


The Mapuche and Araucanian peoples were the only Native Americans to effectively resist Spanish colonization during the Conquest, maintaining independence for over five centuries

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Under founding of denmark the picture of a statue is not gorm the old, but holger danske/ ogier the dane.
Holger Danske is normally regarded as a Danish national symbol. He is first mentioned in literature as one of the French king Charlemagne’s warriors in La Chanson de Roland from around 1060. In this Chanson he is called Oger le Danois, his name being the only link to Denmark. In the later epos La Chevalerie d’Ogier de Danemarche (1200-1215) he is portrayed as the main character and is described as a son of the Danish king Gudfred (d. 810), an enemy of Charlemagne.

His first appearance in Nordic literature is in the saga Karlemagnússaga from the latter part of the 1200s, which in the main consists of passages translated from French texts. His name here is given as Oddgeir danski. This saga was translated into Danish during the 1400s and thereafter Holger Danske became part of Danish folklore with several accounts in the Danish Chronicle first published around 1509.

The Danish national writer Hans Christian Andersen in 1845 wrote the fairytale Holger Danske, where he is described as sitting fast asleep in the casemates of the Castle of Kronborg, with his beard having grown into the table in front of him and his sword in his lap, prepared to wake up to action in case of Denmark being threatened from outside forces. Today his statue can be seen in the casemates of Kronborg as described by Hans Christian Andersen.

During the German occupation of Denmark in 1940-45 one of the principal partisan organizations was named after Holger Danske.

in Ancient Denmark