Saturday, February 16, 2008

Images of Copenhagen

Copenhagen has a 1000 year history, first as a fishing harbour, and as a city from the mid 12th century. Very few buildings predates the 1600, but much of the old street plan is still visible. Outside the Copenhagen City Museum in Fredriksberg, you can get an idea what the city looked like around 1500. Here are a few images of old Copenhagen.

The home of Kristofer Klog and Anna Iensdatter

In Niels Hemmingsens gade I found this magnificent door. This street is close to Gråbrødretorv (Grey Friars Square), and this area of Copenhagen has many of houses of great age.

The golden statue of the door is the Roman deity Neptune, the god of the oceans and rivers. He holds a large fork in his arm.

The little coat of arms over the statue bears the names of the builders / owner of the house - KRISTOFER KLOG - ANNA IENSDATTER

Half timbered houses

These old houses were located in Niels Hemmingsens are typical for Copenhagen and Denmark. For a Norwegian, used to houses built only from wood, these buildings gives a feeling of being on the continent.

Anno Domini 1733

This gate was completed 275 years old, and a coat of arms with a phrase from The Lords Prayer was placed in it.

GIV OS HVER VAART DAGLIGE BRØD. Give us each our daily bread, a prayer for something not every citizen would get daily in Copenhagen back in the 18th century.


Nyhavn - the new port, is a wonderful area of Copenhagen. When I grew up, this area of the Danish capital was regarded as an area with a bad reputation.

Today this area has some of the most expensive addresses in Copenhagen. Here you find a great number of old taverns, as Hyttefadet, going back as far as the beginning the 18th century.


This huge building - Vartov, is located close to Copenhagen City Hall. It was built 1724-1755. It used to be Helliggeistes Hospital, the Hospital of the Holy Spirit. This Hospital goes back to 1296, and moved to this location in 1666.

For 200 years old and poor were taken care of here. The famous Danish theologist, N.S.F. Grundtvig worked as a priest at Vartov church from 1839 to 1872. Today it is a place dedicated to Danish youth.


Look up and see beautiful things. As I looked up in Fredriksberg I saw Løwenborg. Jugend, Art Noveau. I do not know, but this hybrid was probably built in the late 19th or early 20th century.

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