Favorite thing: Vor Frelsers Kirke has a spire that it looks like it might have been designed by Santiago Calatrava! (Calatrava's "twisting skyscraper" is just across the sound in Malmö.) It was designed in the middle of the 18th century by architect Lauritz de Thurah, who himself copied the design from a church in Rome, St. Ivo's.
Coming across St. Alban's Church in Copenhagen (which is located in Churchill Park!), you might think that you've stumbled across an English country parish, perhaps in East Anglia. That's appropriate, since this is the home of the Anglican community in the city. The church has an interesting history: it was built in the 1880s to provide a home for the considerable English community in Denmark, and the Danish-born Alexandra, Princess of Wales, played an important role in raising funds for the structure to be built.
There are a lot of interesting steeples and towers in Copenhagen. Sometimes it was hard to tell if they were religious or secular. The Town Hall has a tall tower and so does the railroad station. Sometimes hotels have towers on them. The Unicorn Church steeple (photo 5) is a very skinny steeple with inter-twined dragon tails.
Fondest memory: The Church of St. Nicholas has a pierced tower which was almost lost due to fire when the church was almost burned to the ground in 1795. The main building was torn down and only the solid tower remained. When the church was rebuilt, it was too costly to replace the steeple, so Carl Jacobsen financed its reconstruction in 1911. Today, Sct Nikolaj Church primarily hosts exhibitions of contemporary art.
The most intriguing steeple (which we could not get a good picture of from the bus - photos 3 and 4) was Our Saviour's Church which has a spiral staircase around the outside. The building was consecrated in 1696. The tower with its characteristic spiral steeple built by Laurits de Thurah was finished in 1752 when King Frederik V personally climbed up to the top of it.
I did not go inside the Marble Church, but just viewed it from the outside as I was on my way to Amaliensborg Slot. I do know however that the model for this church was the Pantheon in Rome, and that the material (the marble), was brought from Norway.
For anyone interested in churches or architecture, you might want to take a look in here.
Address: Frederiksgade 4, 1265 Kobenhavn K
Phone: 3315 0144
Favorite thing: Strandgade is an interesting street, long and narrow, on Christianshavn. Early modern warehouses stand next to shiny new government buildings and old commercial structures that have been turned into condos. Christians Kirke, in 18th century rococo style, closes one end of the street. (This was the street I stayed on in 2006.)
Favorite thing: Copenhagen has many beautiful towers, like the one shown here... This tower is a landmark of where Christiania is, in case you're trying to get there and you get lost, just look for this tower...
Favorite thing: I'm told this is the Marble Church at the Amalienborg Palace... What a great looking building, I love the green roof...