Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Copenhagen Day 1

When I first arrived in Copenhagen I walked all over town. And took a million pictures. I used to live here and love the city. It's pretty small but there's so much to do here.
Rundetaarn (The Round Tower) was built on the initiative of King Christian IV (1588-1648)

Rosenborg Castle is not only a beautiful historic building, it is also a fascinating museum of cultural history which houses some of Denmark’s greatest cultural treasures, not least the Crown Jewels and the Danish Crown Regalia.
The museum tells the history of the Danish kings through 300 years, from Frederik II in the late 16th century to Frederik VII in the 19th century; the history of the kings since then feature in the Amalienborg Museum.

The Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek (Glypto-, from the Greek root glyphein, to carve and theke, a storing-place) is an art museum in Copenhagen, Denmark. The collection is built around the personal collection of the son of the founder of the Carlsberg Breweries, Carl Jacobsen (1842-1914).
Primarily a sculpture museum as indicated by the name, the focal point of the museum is antique sculpture from the ancient cultures around the Mediterranean including Egypt, Rome and Greece, as well as more modern sculptures such as a collection of Rodin works which is considered the most important outside France. However, the museum is equally noted for its collection of painting that include an extensive collection of French impressionists and Post-impressionists as well as Danish Golden Age paintings.

Christianshavn is a neighbourhood located on an artificial island in Copenhagen, Denmark. It was founded by Christian IV as part of his fortification of Copenhagen and inspired by Dutch cities and dominated by canals, it is the part of Copenhagen with the most nautical atmosphere. Once a working-class neighbourhood, Christianshavn has developed into a trendy and bohemian part of the city with its own distinguished personality, residents tending to see them selves first is Christianshavners and then as Copenhageners.

Nyhavn (lit. "New Harbor") is a popular area in Copenhagen, Denmark with both locals and tourists. Starting from the memorial anchor at Kongens Nytorv, the street is lined with many bars and restaurants facing out to a picturesque harbor.

Amalienborg Palace is the winter home of the Danish royal family, and is located in Copenhagen, Denmark. It consists of four identical classicizing palace façades with rococo interiors around an octagonal courtyard (Amalienborg Slotsplads); in the center of the square is a monumental equestrian statue of Amalienborg's founder, King Frederik V.
Amalienborg was originally built for four noble families; however, when Christiansborg Palace burnt down on 26 February 1794, the royal family bought the palaces and moved in. Over the years various kings and their families have resided in the four different palaces.


And this was only my first day here. More to come :-)
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