Late summer 2014 in Christianshavn – a quarter in Copenhagen with old houses, canals, ramparts and an atmosphere of love and poetry

Sensommer i Christianshavn  – en bydel i København med gamle huse, kanaler, fæstningsvolde og en stemning af kærlighed og poesi.

 

Tekst og foto Erik K Abrahamsen

 

Christianshavn, Copenhagen. View in direction east from bridge over Sct. Annae Street to main canal. At left old store houses from about 1700. Photo 4. september 2014 by Erik K Abrahamsen

 

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Christianshavn was builded by King Christian 4  (King of Denmark and Norway 1588-1648) in 1619-23 as a fortress to protection of Copenhagen with its Royal Castle and Naval Base against enemy invation from Island Amager. 

The fortress and town was designed by inspiration of Nederland (Holland)  renaissance architecture with canals and commercial business and store houses.

Christianshavn was as the only part of Copenhagen spared by big fires in 1728 and 1795, which destroyed thousands af houses in the old center of Copenhagen.

Thats why you will find a lot of old buildings here in Christianshavn dated from the foundation of the town and fortress in 1619-23.

 

Christianshavn. View in direction of the main canal with old houses builded about 1700 in the street "Overgaden oven Vandet" nr. 12-26. Photo 4. september 2014 by Erik K Abrahamsen

 

A late summer day 4. september 2014 I visited Christianshavn and enjoyed this beautiful district of Copenhagen on a walk along the Canals, the inner Harbour and squares.

There were people all over – enjoying life in an atmosphere of love, poetry and beauty!

 

Map og Copenhagen with Christianshavn:

 

Map of Copenhagen with Christianshavn down right on the map. Photo october 2012 by Erik K Abrahamsen

 

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Here is my experience:

Views from bridge passing Sct. Annae street:

 

View from bridge passing Sct . Annae Street to Main Canal in direction west. At right houses from about 1700 in street "Overgaden neden Vandet" nr. 29-41. Photo 4. september 2014 by Erik K Abrahamsen

 

 Relaxing and enjoying life on the bulwark of the main canal:

 

Relaxing at the bulwark alongside the main canal in "Overgaden neden Vandet" in Christianshavn. Photo 4. september 2014 by Erik K Abrahamsen

 

View from bridge to Our Saviour Church by Lambert van Haven (1630-95) and with spire of Laurids de Thurah 1752:

 

Our Saviour Chruch builded by architect Lambert van Haven 1682-95 under King Christian 5 (King of Denmark and Norway 1670-99). The Spire with the 3 m tall statue of Jesus Christ as Conquerer of the World was constructed by architect Laurids de Thurah in 1752. Photo 4. september 2014 by Erik Abrahamsen

 

“Love in the air”, at the bulwark – atmosphere at the main canal in Christianshavn:

 

View in direction east from bridge passing main canal in Sct Annae street. Photo 4. september 2014 by Erik K Abrahamsen

 

View to restaurant in the main canal close to Torvegade:

 

View from bulwark at street "Overgaden over Vandet" in direction to restaurant in the canal with the bridge in Torvegade at left. Photo 4. september 2014 by Erik K Abrahamsen

 

I walk through Sct. Annae street north to Wilders street:

 

Wilder Street, Christianshavn. Storehouses.At right Wilder Street nr. 60-62 a former infantery barrack. Photo 4. september 2014 af Erik K Abrahamsen.

 

Inside the yard of former Infantry Barrack “Wildersgades Kaserne” (1803-1922), Wilders street nr. 60-62 –  today residencies:

 

Wilders street nr. 60-62. The inner yard of a former infantry barrack (1803-1922) - today residences. Photo 4. september 2014 by Erik K Abrahamsen

 

The east end of Wilders street open up to a new canal:

View to “Søkvæsthuset” builded 1754-55  by  J. C. Conradi – today Marine Museum: Orlogsmuseet:

 

View to Søkvæsthuset builded 1754-55 by J.C. Conradi. Today Marine Museum "Orlogsmuseet". Foto 4. september 2014 af Erik K Abrahamsen

 

View to Wilders Plads – an old shipyard area founded by Andreas Bjørn (1703-50) in 1735.

Andreas Wilder died in 1750 and Carl Wilder bought the area in 1762.

 

House “Sejlmagerhuset” – the sailmakers house builded by Andreas Bjørn in 1736.

On the roof of “Sejlmagerhuset” sailmakers sewed sail for ships builded on Andreas Bjørns shipyards:

 

"Sejlmagerhuser" - The sailmakers house builded by shipyard owner Andreas Bjørn in 1736. Foto 4. september 2014 by Erik K Abrahamsen

 

Sejlmagerhuset – sailmakers house builder in 1736:

 

Sejlmagerhuset builded by shipyard owner Andreas Bjørn in 1736. Photo 4. september 2014 by Erik K Abrahamsen

 

I continue my walk to Strandgade constructed in 1620 and with old houses for commercial trade:

“Irgens Gård”, Strandgade 44, Christianshavn:

 

Strandgade nr. 44 "Irgens Gård" at the corner to street " Bådsmandsstræde". The neighbor buildings Strandgade nr. 38-42 are original builded about 1640-80. Renowned 1780 as they are looking today. Photo in direction east to Wilders Plads 4. september 2014 by Erik K Abrahamsen

 

Strandgade 18-32 between Sct. Annae Street and Torvegade:

 

Strandgade 32- 18. At left Sct. Anna Gade and at right Christianskirken at the end of Strandgade. The 3 old houses at left nr. 32 - 28 were original builded in 1620-24 in style nederland renaissance. Later there are renewed about 1700-50. The corner building is Strandgade nr. 32. The neighbor house Strandgade nr. 30 is "Behagens Gård" and nr. 28 is "Sivert Grubbes Gård". Photo 4. september 2014 by Erik K Abrahamsen

 

I visited the yard in Strandgade nr. 30: “Behagens Gård”:

Her I pass through the gateway:

 

Gateway of "Behagens Gård", Strandgade 30. Phpto 4. september 2014 by Erik K Abrahamsen

 

2 yards behind the houses Strandgade 28 and 30:

 

Strandgade nr. 30 and nr. 28: the inner yards of 2 houses: "Behagens Gård" (nr.30) and "Sivert Grubbes Gård (nr.28) at left behind the wall.. Photo 4. september 2014 by Erik K Abrahamsen

 

The garden in the yard of  “Sivert Grubbes Gård”, Strandgade 28 – originated builded about 1625 in style nederland renaissance:

 

Yard behind the house "Sivert Grubbes Gård", Strandgade 28. Photo 4. september 2014 by Erik K Abrahamsen

 Behagens Gård and Sivert Grubbes Gård, Strandgade 28-30, Christianshavn, Copenhagen:

 

Strandgade nr. 28-30. Inner yards of "Behagens Gård" in front nr. 30 and "Sivert Grubbes Gård" at left - the tall white building Strandgade nr. 28. Photo 4. september 2014 by Erik K Abrahamsen

 

Strandgade founded by Christian 4 in 1 619-23 to stimulate trade in the new city and fortress Christianshavn:

View in direction east to Wilders Place in the background:

 

Strandgade, Christianshavn, Copenhagen. From left to right Strandgade nr. 32, 30, 28, 26, 24 and 22. The first 3 houses are the eldest from about 1625 in style nederland renaissance. Nr. 22, 24 and 26 are renovated 1748 by Frantz Fæddersen. Photo 4. september 2014 by Erik K Abrahamsen

 

In Strandgade nr. 15-17 just opposite the above houses is The Foreign Ministry of Denmark.

As neighbour to Foreign Ministery of Denmark from 1978 you will see the Head Building of former Asiatic Compagny builded by architect Philip de Lange in 1739.

 

Those two houses are situated directly to The Inner Harbour of Copenhagen and neighbour to Eigtved Storehouse builded by architect  Nicolai Eigtved in 1750:

 

Eigtved Store House, Eigtveds Pakhus builded by architect Nicolai Eigtved in 1750. At left The inner Harbour of Copenhagen. Photo 4. september 2014 by Erik K Abrahamsen

 

From Strandgade I walked to Torvegade, whish connects City of Copenhagen with Christianshavn Central Square and Amager:

 

View to Torvegade at left and right and with Christians Church (Christianskirken) at the end of Strandgade. The red building "Den rohdenske Gård" at the corner of Torvegade nr. 20 and Strandgade nr. 14 was builded in 1640 and renovated 1781. At right modern buildings of NORDEA BANK. Photo 4. september 2014 by Erik K Abrahamsen

 

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From this corner I walked 300 meter to Christianshavn Central Square and enjoyed the relaxed midday life at the bulwarks of the western main canal:

 

View from bulwark of western part of Main Canal in street "Overgaden neden Vandet" in direction to Torvegade Bridge, Christianshavn Central Square at right and with the spire of "Our Salvation Church" in the background. Photo in direction east 4. september 2014 by Erik K Abrahamsen

 

Lunch at the bulwarks in street “Overgaden neden Vandet” at the Main Central Canal in Christianshavn. View in direction west to old houses at the opposite bulwark in street Overgaden Oven Vandet:

 

At the bulwark to Main Central Canal in "Overgaden neden Vandet". View in direction west. At right renovated and modern residential buildings in the background.. Photo 4. september 2014 by Erik K Abrahamsen.

 

Lunch at the bulwarks to western Main Central Canal in  street “Overgaden neden Vandet”:

 

Lunch at the bulwark to western Central Main Canal in street Overgaden neden Vandet. View to old houses builded around 1700 in street "Overgaden oven Vandet nr. 12 - 26. Photo 4. september 2014 by Erik K Abrahamsen

 

View in direction east to western Main Central Canal with street “Overgaden neden Vandet” at left and street “Overgaden oven Vandet ” at right with 7 old houses builded in 1700 (nr. 12-26): 

 

The western Main Central Canal in direction east with 7 old houses in street "Overgaden oven Vandet nr. 12-26 at right. Photo 4. september 2014 by Erik K Abrahamsen

 

I finished my late summer walk in Christianshavn with a wonderful experience full of beauty, love and poetry here at the bridge in Torvegade with this view to The Floating Restaurant on Eastern Main Central Canal:

 

View to The Floating Restaurant on The eastern Main Central Canal seen from Torvegade Bridge and Central Christianhavn Square. Photo 4. september 2014 by Erik K Abrahamsen

 

I hope you have enjoyed this walk with me –  in your imagination!

Take the walk yourself in “real life and time”!

Enjoy Christianshavn with your family and friends.

 

Enjoy life – be happy!

 

 

Copyright text and photos Erik K Abrahamsen

All rights reserved

 

Melby, North Sealand, 5. september 2014

Best wishes and love

Erik

3 Comments

  1. Hello,

    You have lovely photos! In 2014, the Solutions Alliance was born during a Roundtable meeting at the Eigtveds Pakhus in Copenhagen. Dedicated to finding solutions for displaced persons, the Solutions Alliance is currently working on a new website (old one is at: http://www.solutionsalliance.org). I found your high-quality photo of the building on this page, and I’d like to know if I can use it on the new website page about the Roundtable. Your name would of course be credited. Please let me know if we could have your permission to use your wonderful photo.

    Warmly,
    Claire

  2. Dear Claire!

    Thanks for your comment.

    You are welcome to use my photos from the above article about Christianshavn on your new website.

    Best greetings

    Erik

  3. Dear Erik,

    Many thanks for allowing us to use your photo! It should be up on our website in the next month or so, and your name will be credited.

    Warm regards, and happy photo-taking,
    Claire