Adventure tour in Christianshavn – a unique quarter of Copenhagen

Visit a town build as a fortress in 1619 of King Christian 4 to protect Copenhagen, the Royal Castle and the Royal Navy against invasion and attack from the island af Amager.

Text and pictures Erik K Abrahamsen

Map of Copenhagen City and Christianshavn:

Click on the map and use your zoom control and you see it in full screen size:

Map of Copenhagen City and Christianshavn. Click son the map and use your zoom control and you see it in full screen size. Photo: Erik K Abrahamsen, 10. october 2012 Christianshavn is down right on the map.

Model af Christianshavn og København med Slotsholmen:

Copenhagen around 1650. In front Amager Island with Christianshavn build in the water tetween Copenhagen and Amager. Designed of a holland Ingeniør

Copenhagen around 1650. In front Amager Island with Christianshavn build in the water between Copenhagen and Amager. Designed of a Holland engineer Johan Semp 1617 under king Christian 4 and ready as a fortress with bastions, ramparts and moats. A big canal seperate the lower and upper town with a central square. In the background  Copenhagen and the isle with the Royal Castle, the Navy harbour of proviant, Børsen and a new bridge Knippelsbro between Christianshavn and Copenhagen. Back right in the picture Gammelholm: The Royal Navy Shipyard since 1400 under King Hans. Model at Copenhagen Citymuseum. Photo: 3. may 2009.

We will start our adventure tour in the tower of  Our Saviour Church  (Vor Frelser Kirke ), build 1682 in baroque style of Lambert van Haven. The twisted spire build 1750 of Laurids de Thurah after inspiration of Church of St. Ivo in Palazzo delle Sapienza in Rome, Italy:

Oour Saviour Church, Christianshavn.

Our Saviour Church, Christianshavn. Photo: 18 may 2009.

Our Saviour Church. The Alter in style baroque build 1732 by Nicodemus Tessin d.y. Photo: 1996

Our Saviour Church, Vor Frelser kirke. View from top of the Spire: In fron Christianshavn, middle of the picture: Knippelsbro, Børsen and the third Christiansborg Castle build 1907-28. At left: The royal Biblioteque as neighbour to The yard of Proviant and Tøjhusmuseet.

Our Saviour Church, Vor Frelser kirke. Build 1682-94.View from top of the Spire: In front Christianshavn with the long canal. Middle of the picture: Knippelsbro, Børsen and the third Christiansborg Castle build 1907-28. At left: The royal Biblioteque ” The Diamant” as neighbour to The yard of Proviant and Tøjhusmuseet.In the background Copenhagen Town Hall as neighbour to Tivoli. 90 m above sea level. 398 steps to the top. Photo: 16. May 2009.

Follow Sct. Anna Street 200 m to The main channel build 1620.

We continue along the main canal ” Overgaden and oven Vandet”.

The canal was build  1620 for load and unloaded commercial ships close to storehouses.

Houses alongside the main canal.

Christianshavn. Houses build in 17. century alongside the main canal. Nr. 50 (yellow) was build 1769. Back the houses: The spire of The Church of our Saviour. On Top of the spire: a 3 m tall figure of Jesus Christ made of gold on top of a globe as conquer of the world. Photo: 18. may 2009.

Tourist from all over the world. What are they looking for? What do they photograph? You are right! The twisted spire!e

The main canal. Christianshavn. Tourists from all over the world. What are they looking for? What do they photograph? You are right! The twisted spire! Photo: 18. may 2009.

Bridge crossing the main canal, Sct Anna Street. The Church of Our Saviour. The twisted spire.

Bridge crossing the main canal, Sct Anna Street. The Church of Our Saviour. The twisted spire.Photo: 18. may 2009.









The Royal Danish Naval Museum, Søkvæsthuset:

Søkvæsthuset. Former hospital for the Royal Navy. Build 1754-55. Overgaden oven Vandet. As neighbour: House build in 1780 in Bådsmandsstræde is now Royal Danish Naval Museum. Photo: 18. may 2009.nds

Søkvæsthuset. Former hospital for the Royal Navy. Build 1754-55. Overgaden oven Vandet. As neighbour: House build in 1780 in Bådsmandsstræde is now Royal Danish Naval Museum. Photo: 18. may 2009.

Andreas Bjørn Shipyard Bjørnsholm, Wilders Place:

Sailmaker House from 1736 and part of the private shipyard from 1730´erne named Bjørnsholm after its founder Andreas Bjørn. Andreas Bjørns sejlmagerhus fra 1736. Huset var oprindelig bygget til tjenestebolig for Andreas Bjørns skibsværft Bjørnsholm. Senere blev huset indrettet til værksted for syning af sejl til de skibe som blev bygget på værftet. Villaen som den kaldes, blev gennemrestaureret af Niels Barfred i 1970´erne. Andreas Bjørn (1703-50) storkøbmand, skibsreder og kgl. agent grundlagde sit skibsværft Bjørnsholm i 1730´erne og nåede til sin tidlige død i 1750 at bygge 50 skibe på værftet og som lå på den holm som senere fik navnet Wilders Plads efter den ny ejer af værftet Carl Wilder (1698-1765) købte det hele i 1762. Foto: 18. maj 2009

North Atlantic House Cultural Center, Strandgade 93:

The Greenland storehouse build 1766 by J. C. Conradi. The storehouse was build and owned by The Greenland Trading Company and later storehouse for the trade to Faroe Island, Iceland and Greenland. The place is called Grønlandske Handels Plads. In the background of the picture and opposite The Copenhagen Harbour is The New Royal Theatre build 2004-07. In Greenland Storehouse named North Atlantic House Cultural Center, Strandgade 93 is the restaurant NOMA. This restaurant has won the award as the best restaurant in the world 2010. Photo: 2009


Overgaden oven Vandet no. 16 – 26. There are all build in 17 th. century. Part of the houses from 16. th century:

Houses alongside the main canal

Christianshavn. Houses alongside the main canal. Overgaden oven vandet no. 16 – 26. Photo:  18. may 2009

Overgaven neden Vandet. The main canal:


Christianshavn. The main canal. Cafe and hire out small boats. Photo may 2009.

Christianshavn. The main canal.Overgaden neden Vandet. Cafe and hire out small boats.  The red house at left is no. 31 and build in 16 th century and rebuild in 1746. At right another little red house no. 37 from 1750. Photo: 18.  may 2009.

Next stop is Wilders Street with store houses and merchant houses:


Christianshavn, Wilders Street. Merchant house with store houses. Photo: may 2009.

Christianshavn, Wilders Street no 51. Opført 1768. Merchant house with store houses. Photo: 18. may 2009.

In Strand-street, Strandgade King Christian 4  decided in 1620 to do rich businessmen taxfree, so they could afford to buy property and build big houses for commerce close to the harbour of Copenhagen. In Strandgade there are all over and no war or fire have destroyed them!


Strandgade, Christianshavn.

Strandgade 28, 30 and 32, build and rebuild between 1632 – 1769. Christianshavn.Photo. 18. may 2009

Strandgade. Christianshavn.

Strandgade 22, 24 and 26, build and rebuild 1668 – 1748.  Christianshavn. Photo:  18. may 2009

Strandgade 28 – 30. Christianshavn. Passing through the gate to the inner yard. Photo: 18. May 2009.
Strandgade. Christianshavn. House and garden in the inner yard.

Strandgade 28. Christianshavn. House and garden in the inner yard. Photo:18.  may 2009

Strandgade, Christianshavn. The Church of Christian. Christianskirken. Build 1755-59 under King Frederik 5. by G. D. Anthon and Nicolai Eigtved (died 1754).Left storehouses and business houses. Rigt in the picture: The new Nordea Bank Domicil building.

Strandgade 4-8, Christianshavn. The Church of Christian. Christianskirken. Build 1755-59 under King Frederik 5. by G. D. Anthon and Nicolai Eigtved (died 1754).Left storehouses and business houses. Rigt in the picture: The new Nordea Bank Domicil building. Photo: 18. may 2009

Strandgade no. 4. Storehouse photographed from the yard. May 2009.

Strandgade no. 4. Storehouse photographed from the yard. 11. May 2009.

We end our tour here by Christian Church as neighbour to Strandgade 4 and the new domicil of Nordea bank:

Strandgade 2. Christianskirken with the obelisk tower. Style baroque and rococo. At right the storehouse of Strandgade no. 4. Christianshavn..

Strandgade 2. Christianskirken with the obelisk tower. Style baroque and rococo. At right the storehouse of Strandgade no. 4. Christianshavn.Photo: 11. May 2009.

Map of Copenhagen City and Christianshavn:

Click in the map and use your zoom control and you see it in full screen size. Photo: Erik K Abrahamsen, 10. october 2012

Map of Copenhagen

Map of Copenhagen. Christianhavn is down right in the picture surrounded of Christianshavns bastians, ramparts and moats. Up right in the picture: Free Town Christiania and Royal Navy Station ´s bastions, ramparts and moats, all in all 12 bastions build 1620 – 1680 to protect Copenhagen, Royal Castle and Royal Navy from enemy invasion from Øresund and Amager.
Christianshavn. Veew from top op spire of Our Saviour Church in direction Free Town Christiania. At rigt 2 bastions, ramparts and moats in Free town Christiania. In the background. Øresund and Sweden. Phot: May 2009.

Christianshavn. View from top of spire of Our Saviour Church in direction Free Town Christiania. At right 2 bastions, ramparts and moats in Free Town Christiania. In the background: Øresund and Sweden. Photo: 16. May 2009.

I wish you a nice tour.

You are welcome to print this article for your own use.

 

Copyright Erik K Abrahamsen text and pictures

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Copenhagen 20. may 2009

Updated 11 oktober 2012

Love Erik

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