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Tårbæk Palace was built almost 120 years ago on behalf of Queen Kelde (mother of King Olaf, King Torkel's paternal grandfather), Humblebæk's only queen regnant. Designed by the local architect Sigfred Hemmingssøn, it was one of the largest engineering and construction projects in Humlebæk's history. It housed all government offices, in keeping with Queen Kelde's idea of centralization for the people's benefit ("When people petition the government, they should only have to choose one spot to which to go and one address to which to send post").

 

The following photograph was the last to be taken before King Torkel's earthquake (it did survive the earthquake thanks to the design by Sigfred Hemmingssøn, and the tsunami never reached it as the palace stood on high ground):

 

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After the revolution, the palace was looted and its arhives generally destroyed. The building walls, however, remained. When I took office as jarl of this island, I decided, rather than to destroy the building, renovate it. The renovation was headed by the Elwynnese architect firm Eruina, Aiaqa and Lisen.

 

This is how it looks today:

 

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As you see, the walls remain the same, but it hardly looks as intimidating as before, and it clearly looks more modern. The great square infront of the palace, as shown on the photograph taken prior to Torkel's earthquake, has been made into a public park.

 

Today, Tårbæk Palace houses, among other things, the following:

 

- the residence and offices of the jarl

- the chambers of the nine-member lawthing (legislative council)

- the offices of each lawthing member

- the museum of the history of the island

- the library of Humlebæk, the island's largest library and only depository library, including the archives of law and government

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Today, Tårbæk Palace houses, among other things, the following:

 

- the residence and offices of the jarl

- the chambers of the nine-member lawthing (legislative council)

- the offices of each lawthing member

- the museum of the history of the island

- the library of Humlebæk, the island's largest library and only depository library, including the archives of law and government

 

Do all these chambers and offices have got names of their own?

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