Postcards from Christianshavn,

During our holiday in Copenhagen we visited various parts of this beautiful city. One of the oldest and most distinctive is Christianshavn. It was founded in the early 17th century by King Christian 1V, who gave the town its name which means Christian’s port. It was built on a series of small islands opposite the main city. Planned as a place for merchants, it soon became part of Copenhagen proper. Now it is mainly an upmarket residential area with some important public buildings. With its canals and waterways there is a Dutch look to Christianshavn. It is certainly a very beautiful part of a beautiful city. One of the first things to strike you is the range of vivid colours with which most buildings are painted. Here are a few choice ones.
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Beneath the painted exteriors it is not always clear what material was used in building, though bricks seem to have been a popular choice. Below are a couple of brick buildings. The second one has a slight fault, which can just about be seen. The surface is uneven and parts are higher than the rest. Still looks great.
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A few more examples of buildings in Christianshavn. These show different features of the place. First a façade with some stunning black shutters, then an inner courtyard with flowers and finally one of the richly decorated doors to be found everywhere.
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While wandering around Christianshavn I just took lots of photos of buildings, without knowing anything about them. Which is the case with the buildings shown above. However the next two buildings are open to the public so a bit more is known about them. The first is the amazing corkscrew spire on the Vor Frelsers Kirke (Church of Our Saviour). This a lovely baroque church most famous for its ornate spire which rises some 90 metres above the ground. There is a staircase to the top, but only Alessio was keen to undertake this mini adventure. Alas none of us were brave enough or energetic enough to accompany him, so we were left to admire this work of art from the ground.
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The other public building that we visited was the Danish Architecture Centre, which is housed in a 19th century former warehouse right by the main waterway. It is a very large and grand building, which has as great library on architecture, including many books in English.
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Not everything of interest in Christianshavn is a building. The canals with their boats are lovely to see and to sit by and relax. You might also be lucky, as we were, in coming across one of the grand old yachts from bygone years. Only the very rich can afford this type of ship. Finally the Architecture Centre has a fine café, part of which juts out over the waterway with grand views across to Copenhagen itself. So I end with a couple of canal scenes, including one with Kathleen, the fancy yacht and finally one of yours truly in the café overlooking the water.P1050174P1050197P1050222P1050205

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6 thoughts on “Postcards from Christianshavn,

    • Copenhagen is a really great city. Get there if you can. The spire is something else, isn’t it! You can see it from many parts of the city. I only wish I had had the energy to climb the stairs.

  1. Oh, it must have been a nice trip! I love the danish architecture. The first orange building is simply beautifu, and the architecture center has a Viking style look… I know! It’s been a long time!

    • The bright, vivid colours of so many of the buildings in Copenhagen was one of the many pleasant surprises we found during out trip. I was so impressed by Denmark that I would really like to go back and see other parts of the country. Seems to be just about he happiest country in the world. I guess all these bright colours must help.

      • I know they say it’s one of the happiest country in the world, but you say it’s something you can feel? Wow! Now, the buildings’ bright colors are probably due to the weather’s lack of colors, no? : ) I heard that the Danes are happy because of all the services they get from the government, after paying so much taxes… entre autres. Oh, and don’t you just want to learn danish now?

  2. It’s just as cold and dull, weather wise here in Scotland, but we do not have anything like the bright colours all over Denmark. Something more is at play here. Just don’t know what it is. I do like the Danish approach to social services. Which is one of the reasons I want Scotland to be independent. So we can become a bit more Nordic and less English. As regards the language, it is a brute to pronounce, but would be worth learning just to find out more about this fascinating country.

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