Danish Architecture Guide

Højbro Square

Højbro Plads had its name after the bridge that leads to Christiansborg Slot, Slotskirken (the Palace chapel) and Thorvaldsens Museum.Højbro Plads was established after the fire in 1795 by avoiding rebuilding a block between two alleys running between Amagertorv and Stranden (The Beach). The square was intended as a fire-protective measure.Earlier Højbro Plads was used for vegetable and flower market, but today the cafés in the square offer outdoor service during the summer months. In 1902 the statue of bishop Absalon was raised in the square, and under the bridge we find Suste Bonnen's sculpture of Agnete og Havmanden (figures from an old Danish folk song). It is worthwhile to go see it at night when it is illuminated and therefore a quite exceptional spectacle.

Tuesday, December 31, 2013 / By Kasper Egeberg

Last updated Wednesday, January 22, 2014