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Best Religious Sites in Copenhagen

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Church of Our Lady (Vor Frue Kirke)

Vor Frue Kirke (the Church of Our Lady) serves as Copenhagen's cathedral, and was completely rebuilt thrice (in 1316, 1738 and 1829), after being destroyed by fires. Architect C.F. Hansen's neoclassical facade contrasts greatly with the ornate interior, which features statues of Jesus and the Twelve Apostles by the world-famous Danish sculptor Thorvaldsen. The museum in the crypt is fascinating and displays models and remains of the previous buildings. The Christmas concert by the Danish Boys Choir is a highlight of Denmark's festive season. To visit the church, check the website for the visitors' hours, which are different from the opening times.

Copenhagen, Denmark
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Church of the Holy Ghost (Helligåndskirken)

Helligåndskirken (the Church of the Holy Spirit) is situated on the busiest part of Strøget, Copenhagen's popular shopping street. It was built in the 13th Century and has been used for various purposes. Initially it was built as a convent, but it has also functioned as a hospital. Now, it is a church and is also used for exhibitions and large book and record sales. An organ concert is held for the public everyday at noon. Over the years, Helligåndskirken has been renovated several times, but most of the walls stand as and where they were originally built. This is the only medieval building to have survived the great fires of Copenhagen's history.

Copenhagen, Denmark
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Frederiks Church/Marble Church (Frederikskirken/Marmorkirken)

Frederiks Church is located at the highest point of Frederiksstaden, a part of Copenhagen that includes the royal palace of Amalienborg, and Amaliehaven (the Royal Gardens). The style of this church is Baroque. Architect Nicolai Eigtved began construction in 1749, but he died and the church was not finished until 1892. It is built with primarily marble, and most people call it Marmorkirken, the "Marble Church." With its enormous and beautiful copper dome, inspired by the Church of Saint Peter in Rome, it is part of Copenhagen's skyline. After being restored and cleaned of smog stains, it now stands beautifully - bright and shimmering in the sun. A visit to the interior is also a great experience. Between 1p and 3p every day you can get access to the top of the church tower.

Copenhagen, Denmark
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Church of Our Saviour

Vor Frelsers Kirke (the Church of Our Saviour) is situated in the romantic surroundings of Christianshavn, the island between Copenhagen and Amager. Architect Lambert von Haven built the church in a Dutch Baroque style in 1696. At that time, the church could not afford a spire, so the beautiful tower that now crowns Vor Frelsers Kirke was not added until 1752. Now, the tower with its twisted gold and copper spire - known as the helix spire - which is 95 meters (311 feet) and 400 steps above ground-level, is the most famous part of the church and offers a splendid view of the surrounding city. The interiors of the church are as compelling as its unique facade. The church's organ, which was built in 1698, and the carillon are both fantastic pieces of functioning art.

Copenhagen, Denmark
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Roskilde Domkirke

Named a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Roskilde Domkirke is a Gothic styled cathedral whose existence dates back to the 15th Century. Legend has it that the site served as the burial site of Danish Monarchs. Several events and concerts are also staged at the venue.

Roskilde, Denmark
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