This is a beautiful area of the city .Grassy covered moats surround and an old Anglican church which is made of flint adds to the beauty. I can t think if a more lovely place for an evening stroll.Its a short walk from the Little Mermaid.
The fountain is beautiful , we don't know it's significance or its name until we looked it up in our guide book later, so we simply enjoy its beauty.
Turns out it is called Gefion .Fountain built in 1908. It represents the myth of the goddess who was given the task of carving out a chunk of Sweden for Denmarks main island Zeeland.
"The Gefion Fountain" is a large fountain on the harbour front. It features a large-scale group of animal figures being driven by the legendary Norse goddess, Gefjun.
It is located in Langelinie Park next to Kastellet and is the largest monument in Copenhagen and used as a wishing well.
According to an ancient legend, Gefion was the goddess who ploughed the island of Zealand out of Sweden. The Swedish king Gylfe offered the goddess Gefion as much land as she was capable of ploughing within one day and one night.
Gefion received help only from four oxen. She had transformed her four sons into immensely powerful oxen and had them plough so deeply in the ground that they raised the land and pulled it into the sea. This is how the island of Zealand was created.
The lake Vännern in Sweden approximately resembles the shape of Zealand, proving that there must be some truth in the story.
The fountain underwent extensive renovations starting in 1999. The fountain was out of commission for many years, and was re-inaugurated in September 2004.
Gefion fountain (Gefionspringvandet) is one of the most popular spots among the visitors in Copenhagen.
Tourists try to pose in front of it so you had to be patient until you catch a good shot.
The complicated sculpture (a woman driving four oxen) at this beautiful fountain was made by Anders Bundgard in 1908. The concept is about Nordic Goddess (of unmarried women!) Gefion that supposed to be promised by king Gylfi of Sweden to get as much land as she could plough in one night! So, what she did was to transform her 4 sons (that she had with a giant!) into oxen! The result was they they ploughed out a big part of Sweden, land that moved into the sea and we know today as Zealand! Back in Sweden Lake Vanern (the biggest in Sweden) is what left behind!
Gefion fountain is set at the harbour in Copenhagen.
It was donated the city of Copenhagen by the Carlsberg foundation on their 50th anniversary.
It was designed by Danish artist Anders Bundgaard in 1908.
It was turned on as a fountain on July 14th 1908.
Renovations started on the fountain in 1999 and were completed in 2004.
The design is based on a Danish myth of "Ynglinga saga".
The story goes that the Swedish king Gylfi promised to give Gefjun all the land that she could plow in one night. She turned her four sons into oxen and she won all the land that she had managed to plow using her sons.
The fountain depicts her plowing the soil with her ox.
This fountain of the Norse God Gefion was donated by the Carlsburg Foundation in 1908. It's a much more impressive visit than the nearby little Mermaid