Squares & Statues, Copenhagen
Frederik VII was King of Denmark from 1848 to 1863. He is favorably remembered for having ended royal absolutism at the beginning of his reign, but he is negatively remembered for failing to father a legitimate heir, thus leading (indirectly) to the Danish-Prussian War of 1864 and the loss of Schlesweg and most of Holstein.
Herman W. Bissen (1798-1868) created the statue with the assistance of his son Vilhelm, who himself designed the warlike scuplture of Bishop Absalom in the nearby Højbro Plads.
This equestrian statue stands on the canal side of Christiansborg Slot.
Axel Absalon (c. 1128-1201) was a savvy churchman from Lund who had great influence in the fledgling Danish state in the 12th century. As a warlord, he battled Wends and Pomeranians, and as a civic planner he founded the fortress and town of Copenhagen.
This heroic statue dominates Højbro Plads, in front of the spire of Skt. Nikolaj Kirke. It was dedicated in 1902, and is the work of Vilhelm Bissen (1836-1913), who worked with his father Herman Wilhelm Bissen on the equestrian figure of Frederik VII nearby.
Favorite thing: This Angel stands just north of the Kastellet. She is a war memorial for all those who died in World War II (Please let me know if I am incorrect, and if it was for World War I). I just thought this was an incredibly beautiful and sad statue and that it was worth a mention.
Favorite thing: Pass by Kongens Nytorv Square with the equestrian statue of Christian V on your way to Nyhavn. Nyhavn is across the street from this square. This square also marks the end of the Stroget pedestrian mall.
Favorite thing: J. P. E. Hartmann (1805 - 1900) was a prominent organist and romantic composer in 19th century Denmark. This statue is in the middle of Skt. Anne Plads, just a bit to the north of Nyhavn.
Favorite thing: This gilded copper statue of the warrior Bishop Absalon graces the facade of the Rådhus that faces the Rådhuspladsen.
Can you cross the water at the Thorvaldsens museums in Slotsholmen without falling in?
Can you do it after 5 Carlsbergs?
Favorite thing: Here is Kongens Nytorv... We spent some time here just looking around and having a break from our long walks... :)