Rundetårn


Further along Købmagergade is one of the city's oddest structures, the Rundetårn, a round tower built by Christian IV as part of the Trinitatis complex, which combined three important facilities for seventeenth-century scholars: an astronomical observatory, a church, and a university library. The tower functioned both as observatory lookout (it's now the oldest functioning observatory in Europe) and as the Trinitatis church tower - and perhaps also as a vantage point from which Copenhagen's citizens could admire Christian's additions to the city. Inside the tower a spiral ramp winds its way to the top, from where there's a good view of the hive of medieval streets below. Legend has it that Peter the Great sped to the top on horseback in 1715, pursued by the tsarina in a six-horse carriage.
excerpt from
Mini Rough Guide Copenhagen

01 - 02 March 2002
View from
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Shelly, standing along the
interior spiral ramp

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rooftop views

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Photographic moment on the
rooftop

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Looking west, along Købmagergade

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