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Gyldenløves Høj

The upper part of Gyldenløves Høj with the steps leading up to the memorial stone

Gyldenløves Høj is the highest point on Sjælland, 125.5 m above mean sea level.[1]

It is located in the Bidstrup forests in the parish of Jystrup between Ringsted og Hvalsø.

Gyldenløves Høj is named after Ulrik Gyldenløve, half-brother of Christian V and owner of the nearby Skjoldenæsholm. In the late 17th century he raised an artificial hill on the original hilltop. Without this Gyldenløves Høj would be only 121.3 m above mean sea level placing it below Kobanke at Rønnede.[1]

During World War II the allies airdropped weapons for the resistance movement at the hill.[2]

The hill is surrounded by trees obscuring the view and the fact that the hill is the highest point on Sjælland. During winter there is a bit of a view to the West.

There is a Triangulation station marked GS (Generalstaben) at the foot of the artificial part of the hill.

Memorial StoneEdit

Mindestenen på Gyldenløves Høj

The memorial stone over four fallen resistance members

Bagsiden af mindestenen på Gyldenløves Høj

The rear side of the memorial stone

The artificial part of the hill can be scaled via stone steps that lead up to a memorial stone over four fallen resistance members who received allied airdropped weapons at the hill during World War II.[2]

The stone was raised by their comrades, translated from Danish the inscription reads:[2]

ERIK BRIAND CLAUSEN
B. 24.1.1901 SHOT BY THE GERMANS 29.3.1945
POUL KRISTIANSEN
B. 20.1.1897 DIED IN GERMAN CONCENTRATION CAMP 29.3.1945
GEORG BROCKHOFF QUISTGAARD
B. 19.2.1915 SHOT BY THE GERMANS 20.5.1944
HOLGER SØNDERUP
B. 4.3.1901 DIED IN GERMAN CONCENTRATION CAMP 27.1.1945
THEY GAVE THEIR LIVES IN THE FIGHT FOR DENMARK'S FREEDOM

The rear side of the stone bears the inscription:[2]

RECEIVED WEAPONS DROPPED BY ALLIED PLANES
AT GYLDENLØVESHØJ

COMRADES RAISED THIS MEMORIAL

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Sjællands højeste punkt" (in Danish). The highest point on Sjælland. Geodatastyrelsen. 5 June 2007. http://gst.dk/nyheder/nyhedsarkiv/2007/jun/sjaellands-hoejeste-punkt/. Retrieved 20 November 2014. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 (in Danish) Inscribed Stone Monument. Gyldenløves Høj. 

Coordinates: 55°32′55″N 11°51′23″E / 55.548664°N 11.856317°E / 55.548664; 11.856317

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