The giant ship Maria will be in port at Funen’s Beach in Nyborg, to spread happiness among children and children-at-heart who visit the beach.
It’s not any old ship, but King Christian II’s flagship of the admiralty - the gigantic ship, Maria, which Nyborg’s citizens can look forward to seeing in a kid-friendly version. Maria was originally built during the reign of King Hans (1481-1513) but was also the pride of his son, King Christian II, and of the Royal Navy. The ship is therefore connected to the kings that established Nyborg as Denmark’s actual capital city, and to Nyborg Castle, where Christian II was born, and which provided the framework for important chapters in Danish history.
Not just for play
Nyborg has many delights. It’s not just about the fantastic history of the place, and a rich heritage, but also its beautiful and varied nature. The popular beach called Funen’s Beach has a good view of the Great Belt Bridge, and the new ship will be more than just a playground. It will also be an educational inititative to make people aware of Nyborg’s amazing history and to inspire beach guests to visit the center of town. It will also be a landmark for the town, since it will be large enough to be seen from the Great Belt Bridge. Therefore, it will be lit up at night, and just like the original ship, it will be outfitted with big banners to make it very visible during the day.
The background for the project
The new Maria ship will be created through the initiative of the Business and Development Department of the Municipality of Nyborg, which allotted 575,000 Dkr. to build a playground in the form of a big ship. The project grew out of a vision for the development of historical playgrounds in the town and from the project “48 Hours”, which has contributed many exciting ideas for projects in Nyborg. It is, of course, a prerequisite for carrying out the project, that the relevant agencies give it a thumbs up.