Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Sights of Copenhagen

Rundetårn Observatory

In the middle of Copenhagen you find the Rundetårn Observatory, a remarkable tower constructed during the reign of Christian IV. He was king of Denmark and Norway. He founded several cities that still bear his name, Kristiansand, Kristianstad, and he rebuilt Oslo in 1624 after a large fire by the walls of Akerhus fortress and called it Christiania.

He also commissioned buildings as Rosenborg Castle and the Stock Exchange in Copenhagen. Christian IV also rebuilt much of Akershus fortress in Oslo during his reign.

The design of Rundetårn was made by architect Hans van Steenwinkel the younger, and the work started in 1637 and lasted for five years. In 1656 he finished the Trinitatis church that is connected to the tower.

Rundetårn is the oldest functioning observatory in the world and from the top, you have a great view of Copenhagen.

Visit the official Rundetårn website here

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