Like most European countries, Denmark is a land of churches. If you are staying in a discount hotel in Copenhagen near Frederik’s Church, you will have an opportunity to see one of the most impressive domes in Europe. Frederik’s Church (Frederiks kirken in Danish) was named for King Frederik V, who personally laid the cornerstone in 1749. However, most Danes call it Marmorkirken (Marble Church). It was designed by the great architect Nikolai Eigtved. It is believed that he modeled the church’s magnificent dome after the one on St. Peter’s in the Vatican.
The cost of building the church was so great, it had to be abandoned in 1770. Construction did not resume until a century later. The church wasn’t consecrated until 1894, 145 years after the king laid the cornerstone. The church is made of Norwegian and Danish marble. A twisting staircase of 260 steps takes you to the top of the bell tower. Your guide takes you through passageways that lead to the summit, from which you have a spectacular view of Copenhagen. The church also stages concerts. The church’s administration is very precise about tour times. The staff at your budget hotel near Frederik’s Church in Copenhagen should be able to provide you with information.
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