Danish Architecture Guide

Bertel Thorvaldsen's Square

The architect of Thorvaldsens Museum, Gottlieb Bindesbøll, also sketched a project for the square in front of the museum. He imagined a round stone basin filled with water in front of the museum, an idea he had seen in 1834 in front of the new-built Altes Museum in Berlin. But he had also seen antique basins in Rome, which were used as fountains in the city. Bindesbøll imagined that the square would also be fitted with a replica of Thorvaldsen's self-portrait statue and a couple of benches. The rest of the square should be left empty. Bindesbøll's project was never realised; instead the square was laid out with a lawn and beech trees.

Tuesday, December 31, 2013 / By Kasper Egeberg

Last updated Wednesday, January 22, 2014