Danish Architecture Guide

The Old Square and the New Square

Gammeltorv and Nytorv can be traced all the way back to the time of Absalon, where they served as market places. Since then their layouts, buildings and functions have changed several times from market places, city hall squares and parking grounds to the urban spaces they are today. In the 1990s the squares were renovated, and today they appear as one coherent, granite-paved square. The ground plan of Copenhagen's former city hall is marked with kerbstones.

The Caritas fountain in Gammeltorv was built by Christian IV in 1608 to serve as part of the city's water supply. Originally it was a well, from which the citizens could fill their buckets and barrels with water. And in the meanwhile they might enjoy the sight of the lady at the top of the copper basin. The Caritas fountain is considered one of Copenhagen's finest Renaissance relics. On the Queen's birthday 16 April golden apples play in the jets of water in the fountain.

Tuesday, December 31, 2013 / By Kasper Egeberg

Last updated Wednesday, January 22, 2014