Vor Frue Kirke - Church of Our Lady, Copenhagen

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    Copenhagen Cathedral

    by illumina Written Aug 5, 2014

    You might be forgiven for thinking that Copenhagen doesn't have a cathedral, but you'd be wrong. Vor Frues Kirke (the Church of our Lady) may be relatively unimposing but the place has a long history. The first church on this site was begun no later than 1187 in the then new town of Hafn, under Bishop Absalon who is frequently credited with being the founder of the city, and was completed around 1209 under his successor. It was destroyed by fire in 1314, and a replacement finished in 1388, however its tower was not added until the 16th century and subsequently the building was struck by lightning in 1573 and 1585 and again damaged by fire, requiring the tower to be torn down and rebuilt in 1609. This second church was completely destroyed in 1728, in a fire which also obliterated a third of the city. It was reconstructed for a third time, only to be ruined again in the British attack of 1807.
    Work on the fourth incarnation of the church began in 1817, in the Neo-Classical style, and was completed in 1829. It finally became the Cathedral of Copenhagen in 1924 after the island of Zealand was split into two dioceses (Roskilde was the only one before that).

    Concerts are held in the Cathedral in the summer and around Christmas.

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    Vor Frue Kirke, Copenhagen, Denmark

    by TrendsetterME Updated Jul 3, 2013

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    "The Copenhagen Cathedral" in its present shape is an unpretentious building in Neo-Classicist style designed by the architect C.F. Hansen. The foundation stone was laid by King Frederik VI in 1817, and the solemn consecration took place on Whitsunday 1829.

    However, the site of the present cathedral has housed a church ever since Bishop Absalon, the founder of Copenhagen, had a small chapel built on the premises. The original church was erected at the highest point in the town around 1200.

    The church has seen many important events throughout "Danish" history. This is where King Valdemar Atterdag gave away his nine-year old daughter Margrethe - later Queen Margrethe I - in marriage in 1363, in 1855 the funeral of Søren Kierkegaard, and in 2004, Crown Prince Frederik and Australian Mary Donaldson were married here.

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    Church of our Lady (Vor Frue Kirke)

    by antistar Updated Jun 1, 2013

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    This church has had a rough history. Construction of the original church started in 1187, and it survived repeated foreign attacks on the fledgling capital city, to be finished and consecrated almost 20 years later. But a century later it razed to the ground by a city fire, and had to be completely rebuilt. In the 16th century it was set upon by Lutheran reformers, who smashed and stripped its rich and ornate interior. This was followed by two devastating lighting strikes, one of which collapsed large sections of the tower and roof. Again it burned to the ground in the Great Fire of 1728. It was rebuilt just in time to be bombarded by the British Navy in the Napoleonic Wars, when the Danes refused the British passage to Russia. The British used the church's tower for range practice, burning it to the ground once again.

    What you see now is the final incarnation - a rather austere neoclassical Church. It was completed in 1829 and is now the National Cathedral of Denmark.

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    Cathedral

    by solopes Updated Mar 31, 2013

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    The main Danish cathedral stays close to the University, in Vor Frue Plads.

    The present building dates from the 19th century, in Neoclassical style, but it has a long story of successive damaging and rebuilding since the first construction in the 12th century.

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    CHURCH OF OUR LADY

    by balhannah Written Aug 19, 2012

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    I thought the Church of Our Lady was rather plain on the outside and inside. It is a Cathedral built in neo-classical style in 1829. Very large, it can seat at least 1100 people if the galleries are left open.
    It does have marble sculptures of the 12 Apostles.

    Quite interesting for us being Australians, is this was the Cathedral where Australian, Mary Donaldson married HRH Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark, eldest son of Margrethe II of Denmark and heir apprent, on the 14th May, 2004.

    Coronations and other Royal Weddings have been held in the Cathedral.

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    Vor Frue Kirke

    by ValbyDK Updated Apr 1, 2012

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    Vor Frue Kirke (The Church of Our Lady) is the Cathedral of Copenhagen and is situated on Vor Frue Plads in central Copenhagen. The present day version of the cathedral was designed by C.F. Hansen (who was not fond of towers and spires) and completed in 1829, but there has been a cathedral on the same spot since construction of the first cathedral in year 1256. Back then the location of Vor Frue Kirke was on the highest point of the city.

    Compared to many old cathedrals I have seen abroad, the Church of Our Lady looks a little simple, but it is still worth to have a look inside the church. The interior is beautiful decorated with sculptor Bertel Thorvaldsen's (read my tip about Thorvaldsens Museum) sculptures of the twelve apostles and Jesus and the Angel - all made in Italian marble.

    There has been many royal events in the church; the latest was the wedding of Crown Prince Frederick of Denmark and Mary Elizabeth Donaldson in 2004.

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    Cathedral

    by mindcrime Written Mar 12, 2012

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    We walked up Stroget street to reach the cathedral, before that we passed by a monument (pic 1) and then we saw the cathedral (pic 2).

    Vor Frue Kirke (The Church of Our Lady) is the cathedral of Copenhagen that was built in 1829 in neoclassical style by architect Christian Fr.Hansen. The cathedral dates from the 13th century though but it was burnt down in 1728, reconstructed and demolished again in 1807 during the bombardments in the battle of Copenhagen.

    Nothing to get excited with the exterior, the tower is 60m high with 4 church bells (one of them is the largest in Denmark but the smaller one is the oldest bell in Denmark as it dates from 1490!)
    We entered inside and loved the way the natural light came from above. The 60m long nave can seat more than 1000 people and many royal events take place here. The nave (pic 3) is decorated with beautiful sculptures of Jesus Christ (behind the altar) and (on side walls) the Apostles - all made by Bertel Thorvaldsen in Rome by carrara marble. In front of the Christ at the altar is another sculpture, an angel holding a huge scallop shell (pic 4). On our way out we saw the organ (pic 5)

    It’s open daily 8.00-17.00

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    Cathedral(Church of Our Lady)

    by mickeyboy07 Updated Oct 18, 2011

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    The Church of Our Lady is Copenhagen's Cathedral and the National Cathedral of Denmark.It is situated on'Vor Frue Plads'and next to the main building of the University of Copenhagen.The present day version of the church was designed by'Christian Frederik Hansen'in the Neo Classical style and was completed in 1829.
    The building measures 83m in height and 33m in width,the interior of the nave is 60m long and over 25m from floor to ceiling.With all Galleries open,the church can seat over 1100 people.The tower is 60m high and houses four church bells.The cathedral has played host to many Royal events including-Wedding of Margaret I of Denmark and Hakon VI of Norway in 1363 and Coronation and marriage of King Christian I of Denmark and Queen Dorothea of Brandenburg in 1449.
    Opening hours to visitors:8am till 5pm all week.

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    The Church of Our Lady

    by Joacim Updated Apr 4, 2011

    The Church of Our Lady measures 83 m in length and 33 m in width and it is over 25 m high. It can seat over 1 100 people with a 60 m high tower with four church bells (among them the Stormklokken the biggets in Denmark with weighs over 4 tons). The smallest bells is the oldest one and dates from 1490, then taken from Antvorskov Klosterkirke. The interior is decorated with statues of the twelve apostles, Jesus and and angel, all made in Italian marble by the sculptor Bertel Thorvaldsen.
    Th history of the Cathedral dates back to 1256, and the nave was completed in 1304 and the choir in 1388. Due to lack of money the big tower wasn’t finished until the 16th centure. This Cathedral was however burnt down in 1728 and reconstructed again in 1738. In the battle of Copenhagen in 1807 it fell victim for bombardments and burnt down again. It was redesigned again by the architect Christian Frederik Hansen.

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    Bright Church!

    by Gillybob Written Mar 21, 2008

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    The site of Vor Frue Kirke has housed a church since 1209, with the present building consecrated in 1829, after its predecessor was destroyed in the bombardment of Copenhagen in 1807.

    The church itself is bright and open with statues of Christ and the Twelve Apostles. I visited on a Friday afternoon and the church's organist was practising so I was given a free concert. The church does host a number of organ concerts during the course of the year.

    Unlike other neogothic designed churches in Copenhagen, this neo-classical designed church is bright and feels distinctly different to other churches. A pleasure to sit, listen to the organ music and rest your feet.

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    Vor Frue Kirke

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Written Nov 8, 2006

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    The church of Our Lady Maria (Vor Frue Kirke) is the main Protestant Cathedral of Copenhagen. The Cathedral found its present view in 1829 though the first church appeared on this place in 1191. Neoclassical interior is modest enough in comparison with Catholic or Orthodox temples.

    The main hall seems more likely a museum, than a temple. Or are we mistaken? Just the same disappointment has overtaken us in the Cathedral of Helsinki.
    It is possible to see magnificent carved columns and statues of Christ and Apostles by sculptor Torvaldsen. He created his masterpieces in 1839.
    Norregade. 8.00-17.00.

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    Vor Frue Kirke

    by Acirfa Written Jul 27, 2006

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    This stunning Cathedral is found in the Latin Quarter of Copenhagen, directly opposite the university grounds.

    It is neoclassical from 1807, the interior has a beautiful sculpted font, produced by Bertel Thorvaldsen, who also sculpted the 12 apostles and statues of Christ.

    The Crown Prince Frederik and Australian born Crown Princess Mary were married at this Cathedral in 2004.

    The interior of the Cathedral
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    Copenhagen's cathedral

    by jo104 Written Jul 26, 2006

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    We were welcomed into the church with a programme & began to wonder why so many people were sitting down in the pews. Then it dawned on us that a concert was about to start.

    The pews face the center of the cathedral so that the preacher can be amogst his flock rather then conducting the service from the front of the pew. It is adopted from the Lutherins as the priest delivering God's message & God is still the focal point not the priest.

    It was built on the site of a twelth centuary church & the present structure dates from 1829.
    Behind the altar is a figure of Christ with statues of the apostles either side of the walls. There is a prayer globe were you can purchase a candle, light it & say a prayer. My candle was for my father who was having an op on the sunday which he was rather nervous about - I am so relieved that he has come out of surgery with flying colours. It makes me think to make sure we live each day to the fullest & cherish those closest to you

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    Our Lady's Church - Copenhagen Cathedral

    by Sjalen Written Oct 9, 2005

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    Copenhagen Cathedral belongs to the smallest cathedrals I know and is not very eye-catching. Tourists often get surprised when they are told that this is it. Nevertheless, it has a nice interior and today, any Australian tourist has to see it since it is where their Mary Donaldson married Prince Frederik in front of thousands of TV viewers from all over the world.

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    Vor Frue Kirke and Plads

    by rwlittle Written Feb 2, 2005

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    Vor Frue Kirke (the Church of Our Lady) is situated in the midle of Vor Frue Plads. The church was consecrated in 1829. It's most recent big event, of course, was the Wonderful Wedding! This explains all the police officers present in the photo. As it was the wedding day, I didn't get to go inside.

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