Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Yes, there are churches in Denmark - Copenhagen, Denmark

It’s kind of ironic that we spent a lot of time in Copenhagen popping in and out of churches.  As most of you know, Danes aren’t really known for being a very religious people…. although, it appears at some point in their history they were.  We found it interesting that in every church there was some type of model ship hanging from the ceiling.  Kind of strange but we’ll take it. 

Below is a church that was located close to where we were staying.  I loved walking by it everyday and especially loved hearing the bells toll on the hour.  One day we actually went inside to check it out.  I may or may not have stolen a couple of postcards.  I didn’t notice a donation box by them but then at every other church there was a donation box by their postcards.  Oops, I promise it was a mistake!

We took a train to the northwestern part of Copenhagen to check out Grundtvigs Church.  Dan had studied this church in one of his architecture classes so we thought it would be worth the trek out there.  It definitely didn’t disappoint.  The church was built as a national monument for the priest, hymn writer, and social reformer Nikolai Frederik Severin Grundtvig.  About 6 million yellow bricks were used to build the church.   A lovely choir was practicing when we arrived.  Hearing the music just added to our experience.

A visit to Copenhagen wouldn’t be complete without visiting the Church of Our Lady and seeing the famous Christus statue sculpted by Bertel Thorvaldsen.  This statue represents the resurrected Christ displaying the wounds in his body.   Many copies of this statue are found in various Mormon temple visitor centers around the world.   The interior is also filled with sculptures of the 12 apostles, which were also designed by Thorvaldsen.

The last church we visited was Frederick’s church.  We stumbled upon it as we were walking to the palace.   For some reason we didn’t take a picture of the outside….but trust me, it has the largest church dome in Scandinavia (well, at least that is what Wikipedia claims).

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