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Nyboder was erected between 1631 and 1641, during the reign of King Christian IV, as quarters for the permanent personnel of the Navy.
These terrace houses have been rebuilt many times, but some of the original buildings still stand with part of this now serving as a museum.
The Nyboder houses are unique in that they are all painted yellow.
It makes a pleasant area to stroll through on your way back to the city centre from Den Lille Havfrue (The Little Mermaid), Kastellet and Churchillparken (Churchill Park).
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Nyboder naval quarters
At the end of Store Kongensgade nearest the Churchill Park you will find row after row of cheerful yellow houses. They are 17th century naval barracks set up by king Christian IV and only recently have ordinary citizens been allowed to live here too, often envied by many. Having said that, I have a colleague whose husband was in the Danish navy and they lived here so she has told me that the apartments are veeeeery small and dark, although cosy. It is not that difficult to imagine what it must have been like when naval officers and their families lived on top of each other in row after row, enduring illness and warfare. All this because King Christian III decided to centralise the Danish fleet and keep much of it based in Copenhagen. Many streets have names after corageous wild animals like the tiger but also smaller ones like the hare have existed.
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Nyboder is a very cozy part of Copenhagen, very recognizable by the yellow houses, only two stories high lying side by side.
Nyboder is an old part of the city, built to men working for the navy. King Christian 4, wanted the men to settle down near the navy, so that they could get married and have kids and live with them. The advantages were that they wouldn’t flee the navy as some had done in the past. This new city was planned and built in the new modern style, with straight roads very unlike the medieval part of Copenhagen.
The houses were built in 1641, but soon the navy needed more houses for the men. First they just divided the small apartments in to even smaller apartments, but in 1755 some two-story houses were built. In 1784 here lived 5216 people in 1084 apartments.
Along the years there were plans to tear all of Nyboder down, but it never happened. Some was destroyed though through the years, and there is nothing left of the oldest part of Nyboder, the part that King Christian 4 built. In 1944 the whole area got listed as protected area.
To get here is very easy. It is situated between Rosenborg Castle and Kastellet, just find Kronprinsessegade.
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