Danish Architecture Guide

Jarmer's Tower

The tower ruin - Jarmer's Tårn - on Jarmers Plads are the only visible remains of Copenhagen's medieval fortification. The tower was named after the Wendic prince Jaromar, who participated in one of the many conflicts between the episcopal residence in Roskilde and the Crown in the 13th century. Jarmers Tårn was presumably built around 1525. At first glance the tower that is built of large, red monk bricks and ornamented with a reticular pattern of dark burned bricks may seem far older, but that is because the bricks have been reused from an older monastery in Roskilde. The time of erection is revealed by the brick course - one brick (header) across and one brick (stretcher) lengthwise - which is a far younger type of bond pattern. The tower, which has by the way given name to the square, is located right in the acute angle where the northern boundary line of the ramparts used to meet with the western boundary line, and this characteristic feature has thus survived in the present routing of streets.

Tuesday, December 31, 2013 / By Kasper Egeberg

Last updated Wednesday, January 22, 2014