Résultats Église - Cathédrale - Basilique - Chapelle Copenhagen

Petit Futé's opinion on NOTRE DAME CATHEDRAL

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The Cathedral of Our Lady is the most important Lutheran church in the diocese. The present building succeeded the first church built by Absalon in the 12th century. It was destroyed by fire during the night of 4-5 September 1807, when the Royal Navy bombed the town. Its reconstruction in 1829 was entrusted to architect C. F. Hansen, who was in charge of many other building sites. The entrance is marked by a podium where the neoclassical façade with six Doric columns rises, evocative of the ancient temples. The contrast is striking between the massiveness of the uniformly red-coated exterior and the immaculate whiteness of the interior. The nave, 60 metres long and 25 metres high, is covered with a barrel vault. All the marble sculptures (including those on the façade) representing the apostles were made in Rome by the famous Danish sculptor Bertel Thorvaldsen. The Copenhagen Boys Choir, a choir of 6th and 7th grade boys from the Sankt Annæ Gymnasium, is here to be heard.

On the square stands an obelisk decorated with bronze bas-reliefs by Max Andersen. It is the monument to the Reformation, commissioned in 1936 to celebrate the fourth centenary of the choice of the Lutheran Church as the national church by Christian III. It shows some pious scenes of preaching, the struggle during the Reformation (soldiers chasing away the Catholic monks manu militari) and the sovereign announcing his decision to a jubilant crowd on Gammeltorv.

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Every day from 8am to 5pm. Not to be visited during services. Free admission. Organ rehearsal at 9:30. Concerts.

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