Marble Church - Frederiks Church, Copenhagen

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Frederiksgade 4, 1265 København K 3315 0144
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    Marmorkirken

    by Gillybob Updated Jul 20, 2012

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    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.

    Address: Frederiksgade 4, Copenhagen, Denmark 1265

    Directions: Opposite Amalienborgslot, across Bregdade.

    Phone: 33-15-01-44

    Marmorkirken Interior of the 31m dome Altar Organ
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    FREDERIKS KIRKE, Marmorkirken

    by bpacker Updated Sep 23, 2005

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    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.

    Address: FREDERIKS KIRKE, Frederiksgade 4, 1265 København K

    This is the largest church dome in Europe!
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    The Marble Church

    by marielexoteria Updated Jan 7, 2008

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    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.

    Address: Frederiksgade 4, 1265 København K

    Phone: 3315 0144

    Website: http://www.marmorkirken.dk

    The church seen from the Opera house
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    marorkirken

    by doug48 Written Aug 6, 2006

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    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.

    Address: Frederiksgade 4

    Directions: north central copenhagen, a block south of amalienborg slot. bus: 1a, 15, 19, 26.

    Phone: 3315 0144

    Website: http://www.marmorkirken.dk

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    Great view of Copenhagen from top of the church

    by Tom_In_Madison Written Oct 13, 2006

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    Marble Church

    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.

    Address: Frederiksgade 4

    Directions: A short walk from Amalienborg Palace

    Phone: 33-15-01-44

    Website: http://www.marmorkirken.dk

    View in one direction The top...finally! Marble church from outside
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    Frederikskirken, also known as Marmorkirken

    by rwlittle Written Feb 1, 2005

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    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.

    Directions: Frederikskirken is located quite close to the Amelienborg Slotspad.

    Website: http://www.marmorkirken.dk/

    Frederikskirken, also known as Marmorkirken
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    Marble Church

    by mindcrime Written Mar 13, 2012

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    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.

    Address: Frederiksgade 4, 1265 København K

    Directions: Facing Amalienborg Palace, We used Bus A1 but you can easily walk there, about 10’ walk from the train station

    Phone: 3315 0144

    Website: http://www.marmorkirken.dk

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    Marble Church

    by Sjalen Updated Jun 19, 2003

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    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.

    Address: Bredgade

    Directions: Between Bredgade and Store Kongensgade and easily approached from Kongens Nytorv.

    ...and in its environs...
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    Marble church

    by SandiMandi Written Aug 7, 2008

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    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.

    Address: Frederiksgade 4, 1265 København K

    Phone: 3315 0144

    Website: http://www.marmorkirken.dk

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    Marmorkirken (Frederiks Kirke)

    by dejavu2gb Updated Mar 8, 2005

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    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)

    Address: Frederiksgade 4, 1265 København

    Phone: +45 3315 0144

    Website: http://www.marmorkirken.dk

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    Frederiks Kirke(The Marble Church)

    by mickeyboy07 Updated Oct 13, 2011

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    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.

    Address: Frederiksgade 4, 1265 København K

    Directions: Directly opposite the Amalienborg Palace,across the street.

    Phone: 3315 0144

    Website: http://www.marmorkirken.dk

    Front and entrance of church The Altar Ceiling inside Dome Organ and church decor Dome
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    Marmorkirken (The Marble Church)

    by yooperprof Written Jul 5, 2006

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    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!

    Address: Frederiksgade 4

    Website: http://www.marmorkirken.dk

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    Frederiks Kirke (Marmorkirken)

    by robertbaum Written May 20, 2008

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    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

    Address: Frederiksgade 4, 1265 København K

    Phone: +45 3315 0144

    Website: http://www.marmorkirken.dk

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    Marmokirken

    by barryg23 Updated Jul 2, 2006

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    The Marmokirken is clearly modelled on St. Peter's in Rome. Construction started in the mid-18th century but owing to lack of funds the church wasn't completed until the late 19th century.

    It's free to visit the interior but you have to pay 30 Krone and show up on the right day and at the right time to visit the dome. The attendant takes groups up twice daily at weekends at 1pm and 3pm.

    It's an interesting climb to the top. The first stop is on the circular balcony overlooking the interior of the church. Then you begin a long climb through the musty, dark interior of the dome until you reach the top.

    It's well worth it for the views. On a clear day you can see the Oresund bridge in the distance. This is one of the longest bridges in Europe and it connects Denmark to Sweden.

    Marmokirken Ceiling of Marmokirken Interior of Marmokirken Interior of Marmokirken Marmokirken altar

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    Interior of the Marble Church

    by Leipzig Updated Feb 26, 2004

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    Don't miss to see the impressive interior of the Marble Church. It was obviously purpose of the architect to rival St. Peter's in Rome. The church has one of the largest copper domes in the world. If you want you can climb the ~270 steps to the outdoor balcony to get a beautiful view over Copenhagen. I didn't because a travelling group of over 100 people wanted to do the same and I decided better to skip.

    Interior of the Marble Church
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