Friday, February 02, 2007

Sights of Copenhagen: The Sankt Nikolaj church tower

The Church of Sankt Nikolaj by Amager Torv was built in the 13th Century, and was one of the three oldest churches in Copenhagen. The old church burnt down in the large fire in 1795 but the tower was still standing after the fire.

Until early 19th century there were a house with stalls for local butchers connected to the tower. The tower itself has also served several purposes, i.e. as a tower to prevent the tragedy of the 1795 fire to happen again.

Connected to the tower is a smaller building built in 1912. It has housed a navy museum and the citys main library. Today it is an art exhibition area. The tower as you see it today is partly reconstructed in 1909, based on the old tower.

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