Church of Our Lady - Copenhagen Cathedral

Church of Our Lady - Copenhagen Cathedral

Church of Our Lady - Copenhagen Cathedral
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8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
8:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
8:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
8:00 PM - 11:00 PM
About
Church of Our Lady (in Danish: Vor Frue Kirke) is the cathedral of Copenhagen. It is situated in the heart of the city on Vor Frue Plads next to the main building of the University of Copenhagen.The church was designed by architect Christian Frederik Hansen in the neoclassical style and was completed in 1829.The church can seat more than 1100 people and is decorated with the twelve apostles, the Risen Christ and the baptismal fount in the form of an angel holding a large scallop shell, all in Italian carrara marble. These sculptures were completed in Rome by the famous Danish sculptor Bertel Thorvaldsen.In the aisles many portraits of bishops and deans are on display.Night Church thursdays, fridays and sundays evenings offers prayer, electronica, poetry, jazz, taizé, gospel workshop and other contemporary forms all in candle-lighting. The program varies but can be checked on the website.In the Church apse there is a small museum and boutique. Below the museum, a part of the Gothic foundation is preserved, and a short movie tells the dramatic story of the tower.
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Neighbourhood: Indre By (Inner City)
This is the heart of old town Copenhagen, with its blend of charming old buildings and bold new architecture, broad avenues and tiny streets as well as picturesque canals and a modern harbor. The inner city is home to the Royal Danish Theatre, which consists of three buildings, two of which are new and situated on the harbor front. The streets, squares and venues of the inner city and its surrounding neighborhoods, are alive all year round with everything from jazz festivals to outdoor ice skating rinks and parachuting at the lakes right in the center of the city. This compact area boasts beautiful old castles, tranquil parks, and bustling squares where you can always find a bench to stretch out your legs whenever you need a break.
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  • BrakiWorldTraveler
    Belgrade, Serbia18,060 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    A very modest Cathedral of Copenhagen
    All over Europe Cathedrals are usually the grandest and most lavish decorated Churches. However, that's not the case in the Danish capital. Church of our Lady is a pretty modest one, with a neo classic front with columns and simple interiors. It's set in the old town, close to Rundetarn and University, so it will be on your way.
    Visited June 2023
    Written 2 July 2023
  • ZiftD
    58 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Peaceful Church with Great Sculpture
    This is a free and somewhat out of the way church, definitely worth a visit for the amazing sculptures by Bertel Thorvaldsen if nothing else. His sculptures of the Twelve Apostles are probably some of his best work. Otherwise, the church is peaceful and an excellent example of the Protestant aesthetics. It's also located directly across from the Reformation Monument.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 23 July 2023
  • Coryy20
    Port of Spain, Trinidad5,524 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A splendid church
    This church is located near Amalienborg castle. It is somewhat out of the way and not as extravagant as many other churches yet it has a charm of its own. Inside the church, some of the pews face each other. If you are already in the area check it out, if not, you can skip it.
    Visited November 2022
    Travelled solo
    Written 25 August 2023
  • Ronald R
    Stromness, United Kingdom284 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stylish Cathedral, not too glitzy and over the top.
    The large neo-classical pillars outside the main entrance are an indication of the smart but understated interior. The twelve apostles statues are stationed 6 on each side and are highly detailed, so that you would know who each one was if they hadn't been sculpted with their name. The interior also has some distinctive seating arrangements with the pews, some are facing each other, not really seen this before in a major Cathedral. It was free entry at the time we visited but a little donation would likely be appreciated. We found this to be a very pleasant surprise and would recommend this as a good place to visit on your Copenhagen visit.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 8 May 2024
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Ronald R
Stromness, UK284 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
The large neo-classical pillars outside the main entrance are an indication of the smart but understated interior. The twelve apostles statues are stationed 6 on each side and are highly detailed, so that you would know who each one was if they hadn't been sculpted with their name. The interior also has some distinctive seating arrangements with the pews, some are facing each other, not really seen this before in a major Cathedral. It was free entry at the time we visited but a little donation would likely be appreciated. We found this to be a very pleasant surprise and would recommend this as a good place to visit on your Copenhagen visit.
Written 8 May 2024
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tosl
Jersey City, NJ878 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
I only had an overnight in Copenhagen so I was lucky to see the Cathedral opened before 8 am. A very solemn place that was quite welcomed after a walk in the rain to view the church.
Written 2 April 2024
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Chang Percy
Taipei, Taiwan488 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Solo
There is no entrance fee. The statues of Jesus' apostles by the famous sculptor Bertel Thorvaldsen are splendid. The reliefs behind the altar are well decorated. The ambience is tranquil.
Written 22 October 2023
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Corrado R
Vedano al Lambro, Italy1,135 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
Famous church in Christianshavn.
The view from the tower is the hot spot but you need to book your timeslot ahead, or you may not get access.
Internally it is nothing special.
Written 3 October 2023
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Coryy20
Port of Spain, Trinidad5,524 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022 • Solo
This church is located near Amalienborg castle. It is somewhat out of the way and not as extravagant as many other churches yet it has a charm of its own. Inside the church, some of the pews face each other. If you are already in the area check it out, if not, you can skip it.
Written 25 August 2023
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Alexandra C
11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Solo
Church of Our Lady at Night was one of my favorite experiences in Copenhagen.
The music and the overall experience is a must try.
Written 26 July 2023
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Boyd J
Maleny, Australia1,729 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023
There has been a church on the site of the current cathedral since the early 1200s. The current cathedral dates back to 1817 built in neo classical style with beautiful sculptures and possesses both an elegant simplicity and breath taking grandeur.
Written 25 July 2023
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ZiftD
New York58 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
This is a free and somewhat out of the way church, definitely worth a visit for the amazing sculptures by Bertel Thorvaldsen if nothing else. His sculptures of the Twelve Apostles are probably some of his best work. Otherwise, the church is peaceful and an excellent example of the Protestant aesthetics. It's also located directly across from the Reformation Monument.
Written 23 July 2023
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BrakiWorldTraveler
Belgrade, Serbia18,060 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023
All over Europe Cathedrals are usually the grandest and most lavish decorated Churches. However, that's not the case in the Danish capital.
Church of our Lady is a pretty modest one, with a neo classic front with columns and simple interiors. It's set in the old town, close to Rundetarn and University, so it will be on your way.
Written 2 July 2023
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Kelly
39 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023
One of the simplist cathedrals I've seen in a long time, It feels modern but with all the ornate statues, old at the same time.
Made me think of the TV drama (based on the Ken Follett book) Pillars of the Earth in it's simplistic line and arches. Most Cathedrals have the ornate Catholic carvings due to it's original sponsors at time of build but this gives an air of faith hat's not hinged on wealth.
Written 23 June 2023
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