Copenhagen Here We Come (Page Two)
After landing in Amsterdam at 9:00 AM, we awaited for our next jaunt which was to Copenhagen Denmark via Scandinavian Airlines flight SK 548 which was 4:00 PM until 5:20 PM... Just in time to do a small tour around our hotel area.
It was a no brainer... One hour versus eight hours?
Get ready, Get set, Go!
The Absalon Hotel
In the heart of Copenhagen
We are dropped off right out front! Ideally located in the hip and popular Vesterbro area, our hotel offers quick and easy access to the beating neon heart of the city
Time to stretch our legs! We first walk by Meat Town which
was three blocks west of our hotel
Did You Know? - We were nearby the trendy Kødbyen (“Meat Town”), a meatpacking district that has been turned into a creative cluster with cultural, design,and gastronomy businesses flourishing side-by-side with traditional meat industry businesses.
The Meatpacking District (Danish: Kødbyen; literally "the meat-town"; occasionally translated to "Meat District") is a district of Vesterbro in Copenhagen, Denmark. It is situated between the railway lines going into Copenhagen Central Station and the street Sønder Boulevard.
The modern English-language name "Meatpacking District" is taken from the Meatpacking District in New York. The district consists of three separate areas, referred to as the White, Grey and Brown Kødby for the dominant color of their buildings.
City Hall Square was right down the street
City Hall as we drove by
Copenhagen City Hall
Did You Know? - Copenhagen City Hall is the headquarters of the municipal council as well as the Lord mayor of the Copenhagen Municipality, Denmark. The building is situated on The City Hall Square in central Copenhagen.
The current building was inaugurated in 1905. It was designed by the architect Martin Nyrop in the National Romantic style but with inspiration from the Siena City Hall. It is dominated by its richly ornamented front, the gilded statue of Absalon just above the balcony and the tall, slim clock tower. The latter is at 105.6 meters one of the tallest buildings in the generally low city of Copenhagen.
The buildings are quite ornate
Like any other city, construction everywhere
Never too far from the water
Love the colors
Did You Know? - Nyhavn (Danish New Harbour) is a 17th-century waterfront, canal and entertainment district in Copenhagen, Denmark. Stretching from Kongens Nytorv to the harbour front just south of the Royal Playhouse, it is lined by brightly coloured 17th and early 18th century townhouses and bars, cafes and restaurants. The canal harbours many historical wooden ships.
St. Fredericks To Amalienbourg is an easy walk
Did You Know? - Inscribed in gold lettering on the entablature (a horizontal, continuous lintel on a classical building supported by columns or a wall, comprising the architrave, frieze, and cornice.) of the front portico are the words: HERRENS ORD BLIVER EVINDELIG (Danish: "the word of the Lord endureth for ever." – 1 Peter 1:25, KJV).
Did You Know? - The church was designed by the architect Nicolai Eigtved in 1740 and was along with the rest of Frederiksstaden, a district of Copenhagen, intended to commemorate the 300 years jubilee of the first coronation of a member of the House of Oldenburg.
Frederick's Church has the largest church dome in Scandinavia with a span of 31m. The dome rests on 12 columns. The inspiration was probably St. Peter's Basilica in Rome.
The foundation stone was set by king Frederick V on October 31, 1749, but the construction was slowed by budget cuts and the death of Eigtved in 1754. In 1770, the original plans for the church were abandoned by Johann Friedrich Struensee. The church was left incomplete and, in spite of several initiatives to complete it, stood as a ruin for nearly 150 years.
In 1874, Andreas Frederik Krieger, Denmark's Finance Minister at the time, sold the ruins of the uncompleted church and the church square to Carl Frederik Tietgen for 100,000 Rigsdaler — none of which was to be paid in cash — on the condition that Tietgen would build a church in a style similar to the original plans and donate it to the state when complete, while in turn he acquired the rights to subdivide neighboring plots for development.
The deal was at the time highly controversial. On 25 January 1877, a case was brought by the Folketing at the Court of Impeachment (Danish: Rigsretten), Krieger being charged with corruption over this deal. He was, however, eventually acquitted.
Tietgen got Ferdinand Meldahl to design the church in its final form and financed its construction. Due to financial restrictions, the original plans for the church to be built almost entirely from marble were discarded, and instead Meldahl opted for construction to be done with limestone. The church was finally opened to the public on August 19, 1894.
Statues are located throughout the city. This one is Frederick The Fifth
Statue of Frederick V by Jacques François Joseph Saly.
It is at the center of the Amalienborg Palace Square
Amalienborg Castle, Home of the Danish Royal Family
Did You Know? - Amalienborg is the home of the Danish royal family, and is located in Copenhagen, Denmark. It consists of four identical classical palace façades with rococo interiors around an octagonal courtyard (Danish: Amalienborg Slotsplads); in the centre of the square is a monumental equestrian statue of Amalienborg's founder, King Frederick V.
Amalienborg was originally built for four noble families; however, when Christiansborg Palace burned on 26 February 1794, the royal family bought the palaces and moved in. Over the years various kings and their families have resided in the four different palaces.
Amazing collection of palaces located adjacent to each other
Note the guards standing on duty
Aerial view from Google The World
"I am going to sneak up on him and yell BOO!"
"I'm getting close!"
"Maybe I'll change my mind... He looks pretty serious!"
The fountain in Amaliehaven, with Copenhagen Opera House in the background, across the water
Long shadows means it is getting late
Time to head back to our hotel and rest up!
Danish modern... Duh!
A little commotion outside on the street
Good night all!