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Gammeltorv and Nytorv
When walking down Strøget (the pedestrian shopping street) from the Town Hall, you’ll meet the squares of Gammeltorv and Nytorv (Old Square and New Square).
Gammeltorv (Old Square) is - as the name says - the oldest square in Copenhagen and was already in the 12th century a marketplace where farmers sold their products. The Fountain of Charity is located at Gammeltorv, and the fountain was donated to the city by King Christian IV in 1608. It was used by the Copenhageners as their water supply. The fountain is considered to be one of the world’s finest renaissance masterpieces. It was restored in 1996 when Copenhagen was appointed the Cultural Capital of Europe. Golden apples dance on the spray of the fountain at special (royal) occasions.
Nytorv (New Square) is home of Domhuset (the Courthouse) from 1815. Until 1905 the building served both as courthouse and town hall, but in 1905 the town hall moved to new locations on Rådhuspladsen. There are two memorial plaques at Nytorv: "Memorial Plaque to the Third and Fourth Town Halls in Copenhagen" and a "Memorial to Copenhagen Whipping Post".
In the summer months there are outdoor bars and cafés on the squares and it is a nice place to take a rest and enjoy a beer or a cup of coffee.
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Gammeltorv and Nytorv
Two squares that became one, bisected by Stroget... The best known feature of this square is the fountain not shown in this photo, known as Caritas Springvandet (the Charity Fountain), which depicts a pregnant woman and two children and some gargoyles. It's a rather touristy spot, with lots of little tourist markets for memorabilia. On the day I came through here, it was very crowded; you can see the big screen display of the wedding proceedings in the photo.
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The market place Gammeltorv, is the oldest in Copenhagen - trading has taken place here for over 800 years!. In the centre of the square is 17th century Caritas Fountain.
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