7A The Stair Turret
In 1633 a new stair turret was built in the middle of the eastern side of Rosenborg. The reason was the upcoming wedding of Christian, the Prince Elect, for which a suitable entrance to the official rooms on the first and second floors was wanted. To begin with, only a spiral staircase was built between the first and the second floor; access to the first floor was via an outer double staircase.
The ground floor of the stair turret was instead used as a silver room, with access from the Stone Passage. The spiral staircase was enlarged in 1758, now reaching the ground floor. The outer staircase was demolished at the same time.
In the Stair Turret, between the first and the second floors, hangs a series of equestrian pictures from 1691-1693; behind the horses, Danish Royal palaces can be seen. Also, some of Maria Sibylla Merian’s flower paintings are displayed here. The lower part of the Stair Turret mainly contains portraits from the time of Christian V.