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Address: Soendermarken | Soendermarken, Frederiksberg, Copenhagen 2000, Denmark
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The Cisterns in Søndermarken ParkResting deep beneath the green lawns of...

The Cisterns in Søndermarken ParkResting deep beneath the green lawns of Søndermarken Park is a cavernous world that never sees the light of day. Enveloped in darkness, these damp and cold surroundings call ancient cathedrals and murky catacombs instantly to mind. History of The Cisterns The Cisterns, a long forgotten subterranean reservoir, once contained the supply of drinking water for the Danish capital and could hold as much as 16 million liters of clean water. Excavation began in 1856. Taking only three years to complete, the great structure quickly helped to alleviate many of the water supply problems of the day; but by 1933, the city’s cisterns ceased their function as a reservoir for drinking water, and they were finally drained in 1981. In 1996, in connection with Copenhagen’s status as European City of Culture – and through a joint initiative between the City of Frederiksberg and gallery owner Max Seidenfaden, who ran The Cisterns as a museum of modern glass art from 2001 to 2013– the underground water reservoir was put to use as an exhibition space. Today, The Cisterns is an integral part of Frederiksberg Museums, acting as a venue for art exhibitions and other events where the singularity of its architecture and atmosphere remains a core attraction. The Cisterns: A Cave within a CityLocated under Frederiksberg Hill in the heart of Søndermarken Park, The Cisterns is the only dripstone cave in Denmark. The natural formation of stalactites and stalagmites are not uncommon for concrete structures, yet none anywhere can offer the sheer magnitude and diversity of those found here. Such geological formations are extremely fragile, so for the sake of the museum as well as future guests we kindly request that you refrain from touching them. Thank you. Andante Christian Lemmerz at The CisternsIn a unique concoction of granite, concrete pillars and delicate stalactites and stalagmites, the subterranean exhibition space under Søndermarken Park is breathtaking. Of course, not every artist can meet the challenges proposed by these surroundings, but internationally renowned Danish artist Christian Lemmerz is certainly one who can! Lemmerz’ site-specific work, Andante, emerges as a monumental living sculpture, like a sea of candles, to illuminate and stage the sheer drama of this dark and cavernous space. AndanteChristian LemmerzMarts 2 – November 30, 2014

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Although the attraction does not provide much history for visitors to learn, in-depth about the cisterns, it is still a unique and at once, a vital part for the function of the... read more

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Although the attraction does not provide much history for visitors to learn, in-depth about the cisterns, it is still a unique and at once, a vital part for the function of the city and surrounding environs. It certainly has potential to becoming a fantastic attraction, but if you want to experience something that is off the typical tourist track, this... More 

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What a waste of time. Thought I would be entering some fascinating art exhibit deep underground. It's so boring I couldn't wait to get out. The concept is so up its own xxxx that it's like the emporers new clothes. No one will admit that this is pretentious nonsense. The park above is great and the cafe at the far... More 

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I enjoyed the Visit and I believe the current art exhibition is mirrors, water, lanterns and covered walkway.... But for all we knew it may always have these ... No information offered or visible.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

You pay your money and take your chances. Intersting that these type of water storage existed here. This space is a unique exhibition venue, however at the time we visited late March, there was nothing of note there. Look it was interesting enough but ... we kept looking for something more... Didn't find it so made our way back to... More 

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Really novel exhibit. My wife and I really enjoyed it. Great atmosphere and use of projected video. Well worth a visit and situated in a nice park too.

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Lovely experience of light and dark! Going down and walking through entire dark bridges on the water and then there is light coming down from out! Greatttt

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a different experience and worth a try. You will walk aroud the Cisterne (old water resoire) in the darkness. Mirrors and lights from a lanterns will guide the way - but your eyes have to get used to the dark a few minutes. You can ask for a lantern when you pay for the entrence. Exibitions will change... More 

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Reviewed 23 March 2017

The Cisterns is a museum with great concept. Perfect for unusual, interesting exhibitions. This place has a strong atmosphere. I have seen there the exhibitions The Water by a Japanese architect Hiroshi Sambuichi. Really liked it. The place stroke me, and I cannot wait for the next time to visit.

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Reviewed 1 March 2017

That is a very unusual and great place. You should definitely go and hope to have one of the exhibitions which use the full potential of the space. Then it it is marvellous.

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Reviewed 18 January 2017

a small kind of secret place - down under Søndermarken. The area is perfect for at stroll or a picnic. But do also visit Cisternerne

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