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Destination Copenhagen: The Round Tower

Destination Copenhagen: The Round Tower Ph. Juri Signorini

The Round Tower (Rundetaarn) is one of the most famous buildings in Denmark. Located in the center of the city, was built between 1637 and 1642 at the behest of King Christian IV and represented the first section of the Trinity complex that would include the Students’ Church, the Astronomical Observatory and the University Library.

The tower, 36 meters high, was devised to serve as astronomical observatory of the University and was used until 1861. On the strict facade of the tower stands the large gold monogram of Christian IV and a somewhat enigmatic inscription whose meaning should be: "Lead God, the right teaching and justice into the heart of the crowned King Christian IV, 1642".

Since 1929, the tower has become a public observatory where, astronomy enthusiasts, curious and dreamers can contemplate the stars through the great astronomical telescope.

A spiral ramp, 209 m long, unique in Europe, with cobbled pavement, arched  ceilings and numerous windows, takes visitors from ground floor up to the viewing platform.

Before you reach the top, you can take a breath in the beautiful hall of the former library, where since 1987 are held exhibitions, book fairs and concerts. Who knows what stories have taken shape between these walls where Andersen was studying and writing, perhaps "The Tinderbox", as the writer tells of "a dog with big eyes like the Round Tower of Copenhagen"!

At the height of the ramp is the Observatory and the outdoor deck where you can enjoy a wonderful view of Copenhagen and breathtaking views of the old town with its red roofs and the copper-cladded church spires that touch the sky. The platform is surrounded by a beautiful wrought-iron balustrade of 1643 among whose grilles appear the monogram of Christian IV and the initials RFP of the real motto: "Regna Firmat Pietas", Piety Reinforces the Kingdom.

USEFULL INFO

Opening hours: daily (10.00 AM - 06.00 PM)

Admission: 25 DDK (adults), 5 DDK (childern)

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How to reach: Metro Nørreport (M1, M2)

AddressKøbmagergade 52A, 1150 København

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Juri

Born in Riccione, a seaside town on the Italian coast of the Adriatic Sea. Of Italian father and a Russian mother, I always define myself a crossroads of cultures, in fact I never identified with a nationality, considering myself a real world citizen.
From the early years of life I've traveled, living periods of time abroad, experiences that have further increased my openness towards the new and the different, and the ability to think outside the box.
I'm graduated Expert for Tourism, and continued hmy studies with a Masters Degree in Economics and Management. During and after the studies, I had a multitude of different jobs, mostly oriented towards tourism (my true passion, together with art and opera). Since 2008 I lives in Milan, working in the finance department of an Italian multinational company.
My passion for culture, led me to found in 2013, Kitabu, a publishing house specializing in the publication of books in electronic format, with which in 2015 I launched various projects regarding web-based magazines about different cultural and leisure themes, on of wich is TravelTv.
Despite the many commitments, however, I've never stopped traveling extensively the world, trying in every place to identify myself with the local population.

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