Late summer in Copenhagen 2017 – experience poetry, love, freedom, fun and play in Latin Quarter with old squares, fountains, churches, old houses with courtyards, parks and Christiansborg Castle

 

Sensommer i København 2017 – oplev poesi, kærlighed, frihed, humor og leg i Latinerkvarteret med gamle torve, springvand, kirker, gamle huse med baggårde, parker og Christiansborg Slot.

 

 

 

 

 

Text and photos Erik K Abrahamsen 29. august 2017.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Højbro Square and view to Christiansborg Castle:

 

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View to Højbro S

View to Højbro Square in direction to Third Christianborg Castle with 106 m tower – the highest tower in Copenhagen with restaurant on top of tower. The third Christiansborg Castle Built 1906-28 have 5 functions: Danish Parliament (Folketinget), The Government (Regeringen), The High Justice (Højesteret, Royal receptions rooms and Great Hall (De Kongelige Repræsentationslokaler og Riddersal) and Christiansborg Church built 1803-26 – part of Second Christiansborg Castle built 1803-29 and burnt i fire 1884. Photo 29. august 2017 by Erik K Abrahamsen

 

 

On this late summer day 29. august 2017 I decided to drive from my home 60 km north of Copenhagen at the Sea at Kattegat to Copenhagen to envoy the hot sunny weather in our capital town.

I arrived in Copenhagen City at the lakes at 10 AM and here is my photo story what I experienced the next 3 hours of love, joy, freedom and fun:

 

The green circle and the blue circle:

The old Middle Age City is surrounded by 5 major parks  (The green circle) originated from Copenhagen Fortification with 12 bastions with ramparts, boats and bastions to the land and 12 bastions in Christianshavn to the sea (Øresund) and Amager Island:

Ørsted Park, Botanical Garden, Øster Anlæg, Tivoli and Christiania green area on Christianshavn.

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5 lakes (The blue circle) as neighbour to quarters Østerbro, Nørrebro, Frederiksberg and Vesterbro:

Sortedam lakes (2 lakes), Peblinge Lake and Sct. Jørgen lakes (2 lakes).

 

Map of Copenhagen City:

 

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Map of Copenhagen City

Map of Copenhagen City. Foto 2015 by Erik K Abrahamsen.

 

Map of Middle Age Copenhegen around 1600-50:

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Plates of history of Kvæsthusbroen and Ofelia Place 1600-2016-. Photo 2. july 2016 by Erik K Abrahamsen.

Plates of history of Kvæsthusbroen and Ofelia Place 1600-2016. Photo 2. july 2016 by Erik K Abrahamsen.

 

Here is my photo story:

 

Part 1. The Blue Circle of 5 lakes:

 

View to Sortedam Lake and Queen Louise Bridge between quarter Nørrebro and Copenhagen City:

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View to Sortedam

View to Sortedam Lake and Queen Louise Bridge between Quarter Nørrebro and Copenhagen City. Photo in direction west around 10 am 29. august 2017 by Erik K Abrahamsen.

 

View to Sct. Jørgen Lake to Planetarium – an astronomical museum, cinema and restaurant:

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View to Sct Jørne

View to Sct Jørgen Lake and Planetarium. Photo in direction west to Quater Vesterbro and Frederiksberg City – independenst City inside Copenhagen at right 29. august 2017 by Erik K Abrahamsen.

 

View to Sct. Jørgen Lake and Planetarium – an astronomical museum, cinema and restaurant:

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View to Sct. Jørhen Lake , Planetarium and Stare Hospital Rigshospitalet in the distance in Quarter Østerbro.

View to Sct. Jørgen Lake, Planetarium at right and State Hospital Rigshospitalet in the distance in Quarter Østerbro. Photo in direction east 29. august 2017 by Erik K Abrahamsen.

 

From the Sct. Jørgen Lake I walk 400 m to entrance to park Ørstedparken at corner Nørre Farimagsgade and H. C. Andersen Boulevard.

 

Part 2. The Green Circle – the parks:

Ørstedparken:

Earky morning atmosphere around 10.30 pm.

 

Play, fun, love and freedom.

 

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At entrance to Ørsted Parken with bastions, rampart, moats and antic sculptures. Phoot 29. august 2017 by erik K Abrahamsen.

At entrance to Ørsted Parken with bastions, rampart, moats and antic sculptures. Photo 29. august 2017 by Erik K Abrahamsen.

 

Early morning at around 10.30 am in Ørstedparken – Kindergarten on walk, run and play:

 

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Ørstedparken. Kindergarten on walk, run and play.

Ørstedparken. Kindergarten on walk, run and play. Photo around 10.30 am 29. august 2017 by Erik K Abrahamsen.

 

Love in the air – Ørsted parken:

 

View to old iron bridge passing moats to ramparts and bastions.

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Ørste Park. View to moats,ramparts and bastions weigh old iron bridge. Photo 29. august 2017 around 10.30 pm by Erik K Abrahamsen.

Ørste Park. View to moats, ramparts and bastions wtyh old iron bridge. Photo 29. august 2017 around 10.30 am by Erik K Abrahamsen.

 

Ørsted Park – an atmosphere of peace, love, freedom and joy:

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Ørsted Park around 10.30 pm 29. august 2017- Photo by Erik K Abrahamsen.

Ørsted Park around 10.30 am 29. august 2017. View in direction south to medieval Copenhagen City. Antique sculpture “The fallen Galler”  at left. Photo by Erik K Abrahamsen.

 

From Ørsted Park I pass main street Nørre Voldgade and arrive  to Latin Quarter of  The Middle Age Copenhagen: 

 

Part 3. Latin Quarter in Middle Age Copenhagen.

– inside the fortification of Old Copenhagen with 12 bastions, ramparts and moats against innovation from Sealand and 12 bastions, ramparts and moats in Christianshavn against innovation from Amager Island and Øresund.

 

In 17´century  2 major fires  in 1728 and 1795 destroyed thousands of houses ( in 1728 1400 houses burned down to the ground and in the fire 1795 900 houses burned down to the gound), 4 churches, damaged Copenhagen University and City Halls in Middle Age City Copenhagen City. All houses were rebuilt in 1730-50 and again around 1800-10.

In 2-6. september 1807 the English Navy bombarded Copenhagen City witch destroyed hundred of houses, Copenhagen Cathedral “Vor Frue Kirke”, Copenhagen University and damaged Sct. Petri Church, students residence Regensen,  and Trinitatis Church with University Library.

 

Latin Quarter (Latinerkvarteret) in Middle Age Copenhagen:

Teglgaardsstræde:

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Teglgårdsstræde in Latin Quarter of Middle Age Copenhagen. Photo in direction south 29 august 2017 by Erik K Abrahamsen

Teglgårdsstræde in Latin Quarter of Middle Age Copenhagen. Photo in direction south 29 august 2017 by Erik K Abrahamsen.

 

2 houses in Teglgårdsstræde i Latin Quarter rebuilt after the big fire in 1728:

 

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2 houses in Teglgårdsstræde rebuilt around 1730 after the big fire in 1728. Photo 29. august 2017 by Erik K Abrahamsen.

 

Larsbjørnsstræde – houses rebuilt around 1730-35 after the big fire in 1728:

 

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Larsbjørnsstæde in latin Quarter of Middle Age Copenhagen.

Larsbjørnsstæde in Latin Quarter of Middle Age Copenhagen. Photo in direction south 29. august 2017 by Erik K Abrahamsen.

 

Larsbjørnsstræde – houses rebuilt around 1730-35 after the big fire in 1728:

An atmosphere of peace, love joy and fun.

 

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Larsbjørnsstræde in Latin Quarter. Photo in direction south 19. august 2017 by Erik K Abrahamsen.

Larsbjørnsstræde in Latin Quarter. Photo in direction south 19. august 2017 by Erik K Abrahamsen.

 

Studiestræde in Latin Quarter of middle Age Copenhagen – inside the backyards of nr. 7:

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Studiestræde in Latin Quarter. Inside backyards of nr. 11. Photo 29, august 2017 by erik K Abrahamsen.

Studiestræde in Latin Quarter. Inside backyards of nr. 7. Photo 29, august 2017 by Erik K Abrahamsen.

 

The main square in Middle Age Copenhagen since the official foundation of Copenhagen by Bishop Absalon in 1167 is Old Square – Gammel Torv.

After the big fire in 1795 which destroyed the Copenhagen the 4´Town Hall on Gammel Torv (Old Square) the square expanded to dubble size with New Square (Nytorv) and a new Town Hall built in roman empire style with pillar by architect C. F Hansen (1756-1845) in 1799.  Today since 1906 Domhuset, Copenhagen City Justice.

 

View form New Square (Nytorv) to main shopping street “Strøget” and Old Square (Gammel Torv) with fountain “Caritas” built by King Christian 4 in 1608:

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View from

View from New Square (Nytorv) to main shopping street “Strøget” and Old Square (Gammel Torv) with fountain built by Kong Christian 4 in 1608. Photo in direction north 29. august 2017 by Erik K Abrahamsen.

 

New Square, Nytorv with Copenhagen City Justice “Domhuset” – former Town Hall built 1799 by architect C. F. Hansen in style Roman Empire with pillars:

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Nytorv, New Square with Copenhageb City Justice "Dimhuset" built 1799 by architect C. F. Hansen in style Roman Empire with pillars. Phoot 29. august 2017 by erik K Abrahamsen.

Nytorv, New Square with Copenhagen City Justice “Domhuset” built 1799 by architect C. F. Hansen in style Roman Empire with pillars. Photo 29. august 2017 by Erik K Abrahamsen.

 

Old Square, Gammel Torv the main central square on Middle Age Copenhagen since the official foundation of Copenhagen in 1167 by Bishop Absalon.

Fountain “Caritas” built by King Christian 4 in 1608 as the main water supply for Copenhagen inhabitants.

Frech water were led many kilometers in underground oak trees cavities from lakes and rivers north of Copenhagen directed to Caritas well and fountain  here on Old Square (Gammel Torv).

 

View to fountain “Caritas” built 1608 and Copenhagen Cathedral “Vor Frue Kirke” built 1811-29 on the burned to the ground of the former Cathedral by English Navy bombardment of Copenhagen 2-6 september 1807:

 

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Old Square, Gammel Torv - main square since the offiv´cial foundation of Copemhaen in 1167 by Bishop Absalon. View to Fouantain "Caritas" v´built 1608 and to Chathedarl of Copenhafen "Vor Frue Kirke" built 1811-31 in style greek-roman by Architect C. F . Hansen.

Old Square, Gammel Torv – main square since the official foundation of Copemhagen in 1167 by Bishop Absalon. View to Fouantain “Caritas” built 1608 and at left to tower of Cathedral of Copenhagen “Vor Frue Kirke” built 1811-29 in style greek-roman by Architect C. F . Hansen. Photo in direction north around 11.50 am 29. august 2017 by Erik K Abrahamsen.

 

View to fountain “Caritas” built 1608 and Copenhagen Cathedral “Vor Frue Kirke” built 1811-29 on the burned to the ground of the former Cathedral by English Navy bombardment of Copenhagen 2-6 september 1807:

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Old Square, Gammeltov in Middle Age Copenhagen. View to "Caritas Fountain bulit 1608 and Copenhagen Cathedral buil in greek. - roman style by architect C. F : Hansen 1811-29. Photo in direction north 29. august 2017 bt´y Erik K Abrahamsen.

Old Square, Gammel Torv in Middle Age Copenhagen. View to “Caritas” Fountain built 1608 and Copenhagen Cathedral built in greek – roman style by architect C. F. Hansen 1811-29. Photo in direction north 29. august 2017 by Erik K Abrahamsen.

 

Student happening on Old Square in Latin Quarter of Copenhagen:

 

Yesterday monday 28 august 2017 all students in Denmark started they autumn semester studies at universities, technical university and all other high level educations in Denmark.

So yesterday and today tuesday 29 august there are danish and international students all over Copenhagen City enjoining life with fun, play and laugh.

 

And suddenly – without warning I am in a middle of a student happening!

Here in front of fountain “Caritas”.

5 students guys from all Scandinavia take of this shoos and jump INTO  the fountain and start singing!

It unfolds within minuts just before my eyes – in midday around 11.50 am:

 

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Studens celebratin

“Caritas” fountain on Old Square – Gammel Torv. Studens celebrating semester start at Universities in Copenhagen by singing and making fun. Photo  around 11.50 am 29. august 2017 by Erik K Abrahamsen.

 

Student happening on Old Square in Latin Quarter of Copenhagen:

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Caritas Fountain on Old

Caritas Fountain on Old Square in Middle Age Copenhagen Latin Quarter. Photo 29. august 2017 around 11.50 am by Erik K Abrahamsen.

 

True or not? Denmark is the most Happy people in the world!

What a joy, love, freedom and fun!

 

Student happening on Old Square inLatin Quarter of Copenhagen:

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Caritas foubtain on Olde Square - Gammel Torv. Student happening around 11 pm 29. august 2017. Photo by Erik K Abragamnseb

“Caritas” fountain on Old Square – Gammel Torv. Student happening around 11.50 am 29. august 2017. Photo by Erik K Abrahamsen.

 

I continue my walk through Copenhagen Latin Quarter to Trinitatis Church, Round Tower (Rundetårn), Student residence Regensen – all 3 buildings built 1637-56 by King of Denmark and Norway Christian 4 (1588-1648):

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Trinitatis Churg, the 36 m and 15 m in diaper Round Tower and at left student residence Regensebn - all 3 building complex built 1637-56. Photr 29. august 2017

Trinitatis Church at left of the 36 m high and 15 m in diameter Round Tower (Rundetårn) and at left student residence Regensen – all 3 building complex built 1637-56. Photo in direction south in Købmagergade the 29. august 2017 by Erik K Abrahamsen.

 

-and to Square Amagertorv with fountain “Storkespringvandet” built 1896 and one of the eldest houses in Copenhagen: Mayor Matthias Hansen house “Borgmestergården” built in style Germain-Nederland renaissance in 1616:

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Amagertorv

Amagertorv with fountain “Storkespringvandet”. In background “Borgmestergården” built 1616. Photo 29. august 2017 by Erik K Abrahamsen.

 

and old houses and courtyard in Skindergade to Grøbrødre Square, Amager Square and Højbro Square with equestrian sculpture in bronx of Bishop Absalon – the official founder of Copenhagen in 1167:

 

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Equestrian

Højbro Square. Equestrian sculpture of official founder of Copenhagen in 1167: Bishop Absalon (1128-1201). Photo 29. august 2017 by Erik K Abrahamsen.

 

Part 4. Slotsholmen Island.

Only 100 m from square Højbro Plads you will experience the canals surrounding The third Christiansborg Castle – the center of Danish Parliament “Folketinget”, The prime Ministers Office, The High Justice and the royal representative room (De kongelige Repræsentationslokaler), the Great Hall (Riddersalen) and the Royal Church:

 

The third Christiansborg Castle built 1906-28:

 

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Christianbor

Slotsholmen Island with  canals surrounding Christiansborg Castle with 106 m high tower with public restaurant on top of tower, Government Administration Buildings, Børsen and Royal Library. Photo around 12.30 pm 29. august 2017 by Erik K Abrahamsen.

 

Slotsholmen Island surrounded of canals and Copenhagen Inner Harbour:

 

View to canals, Government Administration building “Den røde bygning” built 1721 by King Frederik 4 (1699-1730) and Old Stock Exchange and trade building “Børsen” built 1619-25 in style German- Nederland Renaissance by King Christian 4 (1588-1648):

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View to Slotsholmen

View to  canals surrounding Slotsholmen Island with Third Christiansborg Castle built 1906-28, Administration Government Building “Det røde Hus”, built 1721 and at left Stock Exchange and trade building “Børsen” built 1619-25 in style German-Nederland renaissance. Photo in direction south around 12.30 pm 29. august 2017 by Erik K Abrahamsen.

 

The article to continue later!

 

 

Text and photos Copyright Erik K Abrahamsen 2017

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Enjoy life – be happy!

 

Melby, Northsealand 30. august 2017

 

Best wishes

Erik

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