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The Beauty of Copenhagen

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A June 2005 trip to Copenhagen by Owen Lipsett

A Copenhagen Overview Photo, Copenhagen, Denmark More Photos
Quote: Copenhagen has a great number of positive attributes in its favor, including accessibility, size, cosmopolitanism, and friendliness, but my abiding memory is its simultaneously austere and approachable beauty. Consequently, I have provided this overview and a quartet of my personal favorites.

The Beauty of Copenhagen

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Overview

A Copenhagen Overview Photo, Copenhagen, Denmark
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Copenhagen (København) dates its foundation to 1167, when Bishop Absalon ordered the construction of a fortress on the island of Slotsholmen to protect the adjacent village of "Havn" (Harbor) from German raiders. Once secured, the town grew so swiftly in mercantile importance that it earned the sobriquet "Købmandshavn" ("Merchant’s Port") from which its modern name is derived. Trade based upon the plentiful herring fishery of the nearby Øresund and its position at the center of the Denmark, which at that time included the present-day Swedish province of Scania, allowed Copenhagen to replace Roskilde as the kingdom’s most important settlement. In 1417, King Erik VII made Copenhagen his permanent...Read More

Church of our Saviour (Vor Frelsers Kirke)

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Attraction | "Vor Frelsers Kirke"

Church of our Saviour (Vor Frelsers Kirke) Photo, Copenhagen, Denmark
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Even were it not for its landmark spire, which is surrounded by a staircase protected by a gilt railing, Vor Frelsers Kirke would still be Copenhagen’s most attractive and ornate church. Indeed, that’s how the Dutch baroque structure looked between its completion in 1696 and the addition of the spire in 1752. Its magnificence owes to its status as the first church constructed in the capital after the declaration of the absolute monarch in 1660, resulting in the sobriquet "the King’s Church." Ironically, it’s also nicknamed "Grundtvig’s Church" in honor of N.F.S. Grundtvig (1783-1872), the priest, poet, politician, and educator who briefly ...Read More

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Church of our Saviour (Vor Frelsers Kirke)
Sankt Annae Gade 29
Copenhagen, Denmark 1416
45 32 57 27 98

Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek

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Attraction | "Ny Carlsberg Glyptoteket"

Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek Photo, Copenhagen, Denmark
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It no doubt horrifies hardened Carlsberg drinkers worldwide to learn that the brewer, best known for its sponsorship of the soccer teams Liverpool and FC Copenhagen, is partially owned by a foundation one of whose primary goals is the collection and display of fine art. The Ny Carlsberg Foundation, the brainchild of Carl Jacobsen, the son of J.C. Jacobsen (who founded Carlsberg) and a successful brewer in his own right, opened the Ny Carlsberg Glyptoteketacross from the less refined delights of the Tivoli Gardens in 1897 and it has been central to Denmark’s cultural life ever since. What sets the Glyptoteket (whose name literally means "sculpture collecti...Read More

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Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek
Dantes Plads 7
Copenhagen, Denmark 1556
45 33 41 81 41

Thorvaldsens Museum

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Thorvaldsens Museum Photo, Copenhagen, Denmark
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No artist’s work better reflects the dominant neoclassicism of Copenhagen’s architecture than that of the sculptor Bertel Thorvaldsen (1770-1844). Although he spent the majority of his career in Rome, because of the wealth of classical antiquities (and commissions) available there, Thorvaldsen remains beloved in his homeland. His native city of Copenhagen is blessed with many examples of his work, a great number of which are contained in this museum, which was built to display the collections he donated to the nation upon his death. Thorvaldsen returned to Copenhagen for good in 1838, to considerable acclaim--an event commemorated by Jørgen...Read More

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Thorvaldsens Museum
Bertel Thorvaldsens Plads 2
Copenhagen, Denmark 1213
+45 33 32 15 32

Rosenborg Castle and Rosenborg Castle Garden

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Attraction | "Rosenborg Slot"

Rosenborg Castle and Rosenborg Castle Garden Photo, Copenhagen, Denmark
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The Dutch-Renaissance Rosenborg Slot epitomizes Copenhagen’s simultaneously accessible and forbidding edifices. Built in 1606 as a summer palace by King Christian IV, its has been open to the public as a museum of royal history since 1833. Bedecked with the requisite towers, spires, and moat to serve as a fairy-tale castle, it sits on the western edge of gardens originally designed to grow its vegetables and flowers that today form Konigens Have (the Royal Gardens), Copenhagen’s most central and pleasant public park. I don’t say this lightly, since Kongens Have face the city’s botanical gardens and are catercor...Read More

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Rosenborg Castle and Rosenborg Castle Garden
Center Of Copenhagen, Oster Voldgade 4a
Copenhagen, Denmark 1350
45 33 15 32 86

About the Writer

Owen Lipsett

Owen Lipsett
New York, New York