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Copenhagen - Rundetårn

City: Copenhagen (Danish: København) is the capital of Denmark. Copenhagen lies on the East coast of the island of Zealand (Sjælland), and on the island of Amager. Its founding date is commonly referred to as being 1167, the year that Bishop Absalon built his "castle at the port". The historical character of the city is clearly in shown by the many excellent renaissance buildings which were built during the reign of Christian IV. The medieval city and its suburbs form a harmonious whole. The waterfront is not only essential for the prosperity of the town, it also serves as a framework for the city. Copenhagen has 518,574 inhabitants. Greater -Copenhagen (Hovedstadsområdet-Copenhagen, Frederiksberg and 16 other municipalities) number 1.153.615 residents (2008).


Building: The "Round Tower" or "Rundetårn" is one of the tourist attractions of the city. The address of the tower is Koebmagergade 52a. This tower has a height of 35 meters and a diameter of 15 meters. By order of King Christian IV construction of the tower began in 1640 and was finished in 1642. The tower is the first part of the Trinitatis-complex. This complex consists of a church, a University and an Astronomical Observatory.

Object: On the tower there is an inscription, a rebus which translated reads as: "Direct, Jehovah (or Yahweh), the right doctrine and justice in the heart of our crowned King Christian IV, 1642".

 

 

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