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    Frederik VII
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    Hans Christen Andersen
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    Winged creatures
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    Old couple

    by jo104 Updated Jul 26, 2006

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    Now Allan is on the old ladys lap
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    Favorite thing: This ederly couple were enjoying a peaceful sit down in the Kultorvet square when several VT'ers launched there attack disturbing their peace. Donna & June fought over who gets to sit on the old mans lap obviously Donna with her charm, witt & devilish ways landed herself prime spot whilst June had to settle for a cuddle round the neck. Allan took the old ladys side of things & came to her aid after seeing her hubby covorting with two VT trollops.

    Poons you had a lucky escape not sitting on the old man as Donna had to walk round town with a dirty bottom. So be warned some statues may be sticky so test before you rest

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  • The Lure Blowers

    by Mariajoy Written Aug 28, 2006

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    The Lure Blowers

    Favorite thing: This 1914 bronze statue is situated in Radhuspladsen, between the Palace Hotel and city hall. Their musical horns are 6ft long! The instruments were considered sacred in the Bronze Age and many of them are located in the National Museum.

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    Statue - Frederik VII

    by yooperprof Updated Jul 3, 2006

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    Royal parade

    Favorite thing: 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.

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    Statue - Bishop Absalon (I)

    by yooperprof Updated Jul 3, 2006

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    The Heroic Archbishop of Lund

    Favorite thing: 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.

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    The Liberty Memorial

    by grandmaR Updated Aug 13, 2009

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    Lur Horn Players
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    Favorite thing: When we were trying to find the HOHO (hop on hop off) bus, we came to this square. I thought the memorial was a War Memorial. Actually it is the Liberty Memorial which is kind of the opposite. It celebrates the end of adscription.

    Adscription is another name for serfdom. That's what the translation from the Danish comes up with. Under adscription, farmers and workers had to stay on the land where they were born and work without pay for the estate holder. They couldn't leave without the permission of the landowners.

    In England serfdom died out between the 14th and 17th centuries, but it lasted in France until 1789, in Russia until 1861. I didn't realize that and in many other European countries this system was in effect until the early 19th century. So Denmark was in advance of most other European countries when they abolished this practice.

    Fondest memory: The Liberty Memorial was placed on Vesterbrogade opposite the Grand Central Station (which we also saw). It was erected in 1797 on its present location, which was at that time far outside the city walls. Prince Frederik – later King Frederik VI laid the foundation stone in 1792 (five years earlier) as a symbolic gesture to commemorate the end of adscription in 1788.

    The Liberty Monument itself was a gift to the city from reformers to honor King Christian VII for his agricultural reforms. The Liberty Memorial itself has four figures which symbolize Fidelity – Justice – Virtue and Courage. The monument was created by sculptor Nicolai Abildgaard.

    I also have pictures in this tip of a column with Lur Horn players at the top (photos 4 and 5). The Lur was a trumpet-like instrument of the Viking Age. The primary use for the shepherd's lur-horn up to the present to call the cattle home. The statue dates from 1914, but it isn't in the same square with the Liberty Monument - it is really in the Town Hall Square.

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    Statue - "All in the Family" in Gammel Strand

    by yooperprof Updated Jul 5, 2006

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    light as a feather?
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    Favorite thing: Svend Wiig Hansen (1922-1997) was an expressionist painter and sculptor. His work largescale fantasy "Slægt Løfter Slægt" stands near the antique market in Nybrogade. It was dedicated to the First Danish Minister of Culture.

    "All in the Family" is my own non-literal (i.e. creative) translation of "Slægt Løfter Slægt". If you've got a better idea, please let me know.

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    Statue - the Lur Blowers

    by yooperprof Written Jul 4, 2006

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    Viking blowhards

    Favorite thing: The Lur Blowers stand proudly on their column (Lurblæserne) outside the Palace Hotel across from the Rådhus. It's the work of sculptors Siegfried Wagner (1874-1952) and Anton Rosen (1839-1928), and was unveiled in 1914.

    The highly romanticized piece takes some liberites with the past. The figures shown are in vaguely Viking garb, while the lur horn which they blow dates from 1500 BCE. But hey, what's 2500 years!

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    Angel

    by Marpessa Written Jan 7, 2006

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    The angel of Copenhagen

    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.

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    Statue - Christian V

    by yooperprof Written Jul 5, 2006

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    putting the King in Kongens Nytorv

    Favorite thing: Christian V was King of Denmark from 1660-99. He tried unsuccessfully to recapture territory in Skane lost to the Swedes. His equestrian statue stands in the middle of Kongens Nytorv, which was created during his reign.

    I wonder why his sculpture is protected by an iron fence. Perhaps he has Swedish enemies?

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    Statue - Frederik V

    by yooperprof Written Jul 5, 2006

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    A bit of French style in the north

    Favorite thing: The equestrian statue of Frederik V (reigned 1746-66) stands in the center of Amalienborg Square. It was the work of French Jacques Saly (1717-76), who came to Copenhagen in 1752 and worked on it intermittently when he was not directing the newly founded Danish Academy. The statue - on its monumental pedestal - was finally unveiled in 1771, five years after the king's death.

    The four corner palaces of Amalienborg were designed in the rococo style by polymath architect Nicolai Eigtved, and one of the "units" is still the main urban residence of the Royal Famly.

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    Town Hall square

    by grandmaR Written Jul 14, 2009

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    Favorite thing: We wandered through the Town Hall Square more than once. It was so big that I did not have a very good idea of which direction to go once I got there although I knew it was not far from our hotel, and was across from Tivoli.

    We took several pictures of the Dragon's Leap Fountain (sculpture "Contest of the Bull with the Lindworm" by Joachim Skovgaard, 1923). It had pigeons near it and I took a picture of my granddaughter chasing them. There was also a large memorial to Hans Christian Andersen and some things that looked like rhinoceroses with wings.

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    Statue of Frederik VII

    by kris-t Written May 27, 2012

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    Frederik VII

    Favorite thing: Frederik VII (1808-1863) was the King of Denmark from 1848.

    As a Crown Prince, Frederik lived a debauched life, which contributed to the discussions concerning the abolishment of the absolute monarchy.

    The year after his succession Denmark became a constitutional monarchy with the King's signing of the Constitution on the 5th June, 1849. His reign was marked by the national confrontation in Schleswig-Holstein (the Three Years War, 1848-1850), at which the King became a national symbol of unity.

    Fondest memory: Frederik VII was unstable by nature, but his unpretentious style won him many supporters.

    He had no 'king' personality, was simple and very popular because of that. He was a drinker, philanderer, and hate any study. His moto was 'my power in people love'.

    His marriage to Louise Rasmussen was a cause of great opposition in bourgeois circles, but the couple were popular with the rural population.

    He was interested in national history and archeology, and he organized excavations in many parts of the country.

    The equestrian statue of Frederik VII is situated in the middle of Christianborgs Slotsplads in front of the Castle. The statue was created by H.V. Bissen.

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    Statues - Rådhus Dragons

    by yooperprof Written Jul 3, 2006

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    please don't feed the dragons

    Favorite thing: These dragons patrol the Copenhagen City Hall and make sure that any errant mimes don't penetrate the inner sanctum of the town council.

    At least I think they are dragons. Danish rhinoceroses? With wings?

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    Caritas Fountain

    by yooperprof Updated Jul 3, 2006

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    three kroner in the fountain

    Favorite thing: This gold plated fountain graces another one of Copenhagen's popular squares, this one Gammel Torv near the Domhuset. If you're meeting someone in the central city, it's a good place for a rendezvous.

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    Statue - Fisherman and Child

    by yooperprof Written Jul 6, 2006

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    the fingering is the hard part

    Favorite thing: "En Fisker Lærer Dreng at Spille" by Otto Evens, dedicated in 1893. It's a cast of an earlier piece by Evens, in which he depicts a Neapolitan fisherman teaching his son to play the flute. This sculpture can be found near Nyhavn, on Store Strandstræde.

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