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“Worth a look . . . but not my kind of church” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Church of Our Lady - Copenhagen Cathedral

Church of Our Lady - Copenhagen Cathedral
Ranked #28 of 348 things to do in Copenhagen
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Owner description: 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.
Lund, Sweden
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“Worth a look . . . but not my kind of church”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 April 2014

This church is worth a look because it is unusual and because to the statues. Not at all my taste but interesting to see and the cathedral of Copenhagen, the site of royal weddings and such.

Visited April 2014
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Salt Lake City, Utah
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“Greek Temple Shows Off Christus Statue”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 March 2014

What an interesting church!
In the early 1800's, Neo-Classical style was the fashion. So the town fathers chose to have their new cathedral built in the style of a Greek temple.
In the place of honor at the front, where there would have been a statue of Zeus, stands a giant statue of Christ, and it's a masterpiece. (For Latter-Day Saints, this is the original of the Christus.) Along the sides, in niches where there would have been more statues of Greek gods, there are Thorvaldson's Twelve Apostles. (Again for LDS, replicas of all will be placed in the new Rome Temple Visitor's Center.)
Even the statues are done in the Neo-Classical style, as Thorvaldsen studied sculpture in Rome.
It turned out that the town thought their perfect new Greek-temple-style cathedral was not impressive enough, so they added a tower. The tower was built in a 15th century Italian style!
We arrived just after a baby christening. The family was all dressed up, the beautiful child was in white, and there were red roses for a spot of color for the photographer. It was great to see this local church still being used by the faithful.

Visited September 2013
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“Simple but beautiful”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 February 2014 via mobile

It is a simple but beautiful church. The big marbel statues of Jezus and the twelve apostels are beautiful in this rather simple church.

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“Stunning yet simple”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 February 2014

Very plain church but an ideal setting for the statues of Jesus and the Apostles. Information provided on laminated sheets so no need to have a guide. Well worth a visit, no charge made but leave a donation in the box.

Visited February 2014
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“not just a wonderful building”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 February 2014

We dropped in at 7pm on Sunday. A choir of about 20 people were singing gospel songs. We were invited to join in. It was great fun and a valuable experience. The candle lighting was lovely.

Visited February 2014
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