Church of our Saviour, Copenhagen
The Church of our Saviour, known locally as Vor Frelsers Kirke, has a special place in the hearts of locals and has an active parish for over 8000 people. It is easy to see why when you visit for yourself. It is situated in the heart of Copenhagen’s Christianhavn District. Building began in the 1680’s and took 14 years before its completion.
Marvel at the Interior
The most impressive of the churches in Copenhagen, Church of our Saviour reveals many secrets when you dig deep into what it has to offer. The architecture of the baroque exterior is enough to impress anyone, but step inside and learn about the Alter, organ, carillon and tower. The alter was not in place until 1732 and unusually has a Roman Catholic influence even though it is a Lutheran church. The wood-carved organ was built between 1696-98. Remarkably enough, despite city fires and bombing during the war, the organ has remained intact. The sound is enhanced by the fact that the pipes are on the outside of the façade and what you hear today is the same as when it was first put into the church.
The carillon is another musical instrument, in fact, the world’s largest. It sits proudly up in the bell tower and sings out over Copenhagen. This particular one was enlarged to contain 48 bells. The carillonist plays it from a keyboard located in the gallery above the clock.
Climbing to the Top of the City
The tower of the church was actually not built until 50 years later, in 1752. It may test your nerves to climb it and as it is made from oak it does have a tendency to shake a little in the high winds. Don’t let this put you off as the reward is well worth it. As you ascend over 400 stairs, along the way there are many information boards telling historical facts and stories of this amazing piece of Danish heritage. The last 150 steps lead around the outside of the spire, taking four twists, and leading to the gilded globe on top. It is here that you will realise the climb was worthwhile, boasting some of the best views over Copenhagen.
Easy Access to Copenhagen’s Attractions
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is ideally located to explore the city. Located just 15 minutes from the city centre, it is easy to visit the many great sights on offer, including the Church of our Saviour.