11. Rundetaarn (The Round Tower)

Rundetaarn is the oldest functioning observatory in Europe and was commissioned by Christian IV in the mid-17th century to continue the work of the late Danish astronomer, Tycho Brahe, one of the finest of his time. As is implied by its name, it is a tall, cylindrical tower with a winding ramp-way to the top, functioning as a church, library, and an observatory. The observatory is encircled by an outdoor platform that offers picturesque views of the old city. A glass floor allows the visitor to access the central core of the tower, which is known to be at the exact geographical center of the city of Copenhagen.

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Observatory Deck at Rundetaarn; Source: www.johnandkristie.com
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Interior Rampway in Rundetaarn; Source: Wikimedia
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Rundetaarn; Source: Architectural Digest

12. Christiansborg Palace and Børsen

Christiansborg Palace houses the Danish Parliament, the office of the Prime Minister and the Danish Supreme Court, making it one of the most important buildings in Denmark. Opened in 1928, this Baroque Revival Palace features a library, a throne room, a tapestry collection, and a remarkable kitchen.

Alongside Christiansborg stands The Old Stock Exchange, known as Børsen, which dates back to 1628 and is, therefore, one of the oldest buildings still standing in Copenhagen. Exemplary of Dutch Renaissance Architecture, it features 17th-century garrets and moldings. Its distinctive, dragon-tailed spire is said to protect the building from enemy attacks and fires. Børsen, on many accounts, has been spared when fires broke out in adjacent buildings, including the most recent one in 1990.

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Christiansborg Palace; Source: www.kongeligeslotte.dk
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Christiansborg Palace and Borsen; Source: Flickr
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Borsen; Source: www.visitdenmark.com

13. Frederik’s Church

Frederiks Kirke, also known as The Marble Church, is one of the most visited churches in Copenhagen, owing to its rich history, impressive architecture and proximity to Amalienborg. Its characteristic copper-green dome is the largest in Scandinavia and is the rococo counterpart of the Copenhagen skyline. Though the foundation stone was laid in 1749, the construction of this Church took more than a century, and was finally opened in 1894.

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Frederiks Kirke; Source: www.visitcopenhagen.com

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Frederiks Kirke; Source: Architectural Digest

14. Amalienborg Castle

Amalienborg is the winter residence of the Royal Family of Denmark, hosting four palaces of identical Classical facades surrounding an octagonal courtyard. At the center of the courtyard, stands the statue of the founder of Amalienborg. With Rococo interiors, the exhibition and museum spaces within the Palaces offer insights into the royal life and the monarchy in the 21st century. The Amalienborg falls in the center of the line of vision between The Marble Church and The Royal Opera House.

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Aerial View of Amalienborg; Source: Pinterest
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Amalienborg; Source: www.kongeligeslotte.dk

15. Oresund Bridge

The Oresund Bridge is an engineering spectacle so daring in its attempt, that it runs nearly 8km as a cable-stayed bridge to an artificial island before it transitions into the tunnel that runs the remaining 4km between the Danish capital of Copenhagen to the Swedish city of Malmö. It is a double-track railway and motorway, engaging the countries in cross-travel since 2001. Though it is largely an engineering feat, it is interesting to note that the project was led by a team of civil engineers and architects, proving the possibilities of breakthroughs in multi-disciplinary approaches to design.

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Øresund Bridge; Source: Arup
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Øresund Bridge; Source: The Independent

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Shivani Pinapotu
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Shivani Pinapotu is almost an architect. She started writing to make sense of architecture and in it, she found her joy. She believes that architecture is as much a creative process as it is an expression, a celebration, a million stories untold and she aspires to unfold them all through her words.

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