Of course, after seeing the church from far, we just had to go a little nearer to the green-domed structure. This church is often called the Marmorkirken or "marble church" and it was interesting to note that this church took 154 years to build simply because it was very costly !! In any case, Marmokirken was modeled on and intended to rival St. Peter's in Rome and true indeed, it ended up with one of the largest church domes in Europe. It was just amazing to look at.
*Construction began in 1740, but had to stop in 1770 because of the costs. The church wasn't completed until 1894 -- using Danish marble instead of more expensive Norwegian marble.
Also known as Frederiks Kirke (The Marble Church in English), this stately building is well worth a visit.
The church, designed by architect Nicolai Eigtved, was intended as a monument and now boasts the largest church dome in Scandinavia which spans some 31 meters and rests on 12 columns.
Construction began in 1749 but, due to a lack of funding, it was only completed some 150 years later, eventually opening in August 1894.
OPENING HOURS :
The church is open to the public
Monday to Thursday : 10:00 - 17:00 (Wednsedays till 18:00)
Friday to Sunday (inc. public holidays) : 12:00 to 17:00
Admission is free.
This beautiful church has the honor of having the biggest church dome in Scandinavia with a 31-meter span and resting in 12 columns. I liked the frescos on the ceiling, the writing on the walls and the peace you feel when you sit there and look at the beautiful surroundings.
Free admittance, there's a sign where you're told to be quiet as this is a place of prayer.
Frederiks Kirke (Frederik’s Church) is popularly known as Marmorkirken (The Marble Church) and is one of the most notable churches in Copenhagen. The foundation stone was set by King Frederik V in 1749, but the construction was slowed by the death of the original architect (Eigtved) and generally lack of money. The church was left incomplete and stood - more or less - as a ruin until 1894 when the present version of the church was financed by C.F. Tietgen (Danish financier and industrialist).
The Church is open daily for public, and the interior is really beautiful. There is also admittance to the dome (the largest church dome in Scandinavia with a span of 31 m) with a nice view of Copenhagen and the southern coastline of Sweden. The dome is only open a couple of times during the weekend – check their webpage for opening hours…
Outside Marmorkirken, there are several statues of Danish “Fathers of the Church” and of prophets, apostles and historical figures from the early and medieval Church. Among them is Martin Luther, the Father of the Reformation. Left from the entrance to the church you’ll find a sign that explains more about the statues – but only in Danish…
the marorkirken, (marble church) is located a block south of amalieborg slot. the dome of the church is one of the largest in europe. it's design was based on the dome of the basilica of st. peters in rome. construction of the church was started in 1749 but due to cost overruns work on the church was abandoned in 1770. the church was finally completed 100 years later.
While wandering around a Saturday afternoon, I came to this colossal 200 year old church and stepped inside and was pretty impressed. I got there about 12:45 and it turns out they open the top cuppola on Saturdays & Sundays at 1pm (and 3pm also I think?). So for 25Kroners I went up to the top on the inside and then to the top on the outside of the church.
The view was good, but a bit nerve-wracking for those scared of heights like me on the inside especially, outside a little. Look at the pic of me and you can see it on my face. Then we went up about 140 steps, some very narrow and tightly-winding to get to the top and outside.
You can get a 360degree view from there, and the view is phenomenal. This is a site/view well worth the price. You can see out to the far water and the windmills spinning in the wind, the palace which is right nearby, and down into the central city with their orange-ish roofs. We stayed up there about 15 minutes, then all had to march down.
A magnificent church, made of Swedish and Danish marble (hence "Marmorkirken"), Frederikskirken is located quite close to the Amelienborg Slotspad (visible in some of those photos). The church is surrounded by statues of famous Danes, such as Kierkegaard. Entrance to the church is free, though you will have to pay to climb up the dome. The church has quite a striking appearance, as you can see from the photo.
Marble Church(Marmorkirken) is a beautiful baroque church that officially is called Frederick’s Church (after King Frederick V). The construction began in 1749 (Frederick laid the first stone) but finished in 1894, only 150 years later due economic difficulties. Originally the church was designed as part of Frederiksstaden district to commemorate the 300 years jubilee of the 1st coronation of a member of the House of Oldenburg.
The exterior was under renovation (pic 1) but we could see (as we were coming from the canal) and admire the largest dome in Scandinavia (and 4th in Europe!) that has a 31m diameter and rests on 12 columns. We also checked the detailed columns (pic 2), statues of prophets, apostles etc
The church opens daily at 10.00am (fri-sun at noon), there were only 2 other visitors inside so we could slowly walk around and check the details. Some days you can go up to the dome and check the view from there but it was closed during our visit, I guess because of the restoration works.
Free entrance but you have to pay for visiting the dome.
Marmorkirken is impressive because of the dome. It has an interesting history too. Walk around it and you'll see the biblical figures and important historic persons to christianity. There are statues of Huss, Luther, .... About two dusins of them.
Like all churches in Copenhagen you have to be quiet in respect for those praying.
It's only really the foundation that is made of marble but look at its splendour nevertheless! Frederiks Church as its proper name is, was first started on in 1749, with inspiration from Rome, but wasn't completed until 150 years later due to financial difficulties when a new architect took over as the original died. 1874 it was completed and today, you can visit the dome weekends for a nice view of the surroundings. The area around the church is very continental rather than Danish. My Copenhagen intro picture shows the sculptures outside the church.
Frederiks church or the Marble church is right next to Amalienborg. The church looks amazing and very unusual because of its round shape. The interior is beautiful as well.
The diameter of the enormous dome is over 30 m and the inspiration for the dome has been St. Peter's basilica in Rome.
Situated not far from Amalienborg Palace, is one of the most beautiful landmarks of Copenhagen, Frederiks Kirke (Frederik's Church) or also known as Marmorkirken.
You can see its impressive and gorgeous dome rising high above the rooftops of Copenhagen making it easy to spot from many places in the city.
The first stone was laid by King Frederik V in 1749. Due to economic difficulties builing was postponed, and the church was only completed several years later in 1894.
Its open daily and admission is free.
(apologies for the picture quality, we had very foggy weather on our visit)
The church was designed by the Architect'Nicholai Eigtved' in 1740 and was along with the rest of Frederiksstaden,a district of Copenhagen,intented to commemorate the 300 years jubilee of the first coronation of a member of the house of Oldenburg.The church has the largest church dome in Scandinavia,it rests on 12 columns,the inspiration was the St.Peter's Basilica in Rome.The foundation stone was set by King Frederik V in Oct.1749,but construction was slowed by budget cuts and in 1770 the original plans were discarded.The church was left incomplete for nearly 150 years until eventually the building was completed using limestone.The present version of the church was designed by 'Ferdinand Meldahl'and opened in Aug.1894.A series of statues of prominent figures encircles the grounds of the building.
The church is open any time to the public but silence must be observed at all times.
The church is currently undergoing some restoration as of Oct.2011.
Construction of the Marble Church (originally Frederikskirke) started during the reign of Frederik V - hence its original name. It was designed by architect Nikolai Eigtved to complement the nearby Amalienborg Palace, which Eigtved also planned. But the cost of the imported Norwegian marble soon became prohibitively high, and the unfinished building had to be mothballed for more than a century.
Only at the end of the 1800s was the Marble Church completed - thanks to the contribution of one of Denmark's wealthiest men, businessman C F Tietgen. (Similar to the way in which Copenhagen's new opera house was recently bankrolled by shipping magnate Maersk McKinney Møller.)
The Marble Church is a grand baroque structure - you'll think that you're in a Roman Catholic cathdral. This is not Bergmanesque austere Protestantism!
The Frederiks Kirke (Frederick's Church) is made of marble, thus it is known as Marmorkirken (Marble Church).
The initial design for a Rococo church was drawn by the architect Nicolai Eigtved (1701-1754). But as a new trend in style, namely the Neoclassicism became en vogue, the design was further developed after the death of Eigtved by the French architect Nicolas-Henri Jardin (1720-1799). The foundation stone was laid in 1754 but due to financial problems the construction was halted in 1770. You can explore the digital model of Jardin's design.
For almost a century the church was just a ruin although the design was continuously developed further during the years by at least 12 architects. Finally in 1849 the church was finished according to plans made by the architect Ferdinand Meldahl, 145 years after the foundation stone had been laid.
The dome of the church is breathtaking. With a diameter of 31m it is the largest in Scandinavia.
Opening hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday 10am-5pm, Wednesday 10am-6:30pm, Friday, Sunday 12pm-5pm, on public holidays 12pm-5pm