Sunday, September 6, 2009

round n' round, up we go

rundetaarn - the round tower - was built in 1642 by the danish king, christian IV, the man behind several architectural projects in copenhagen in the middle of the 17th century. it was created to as an astronomical observatory, and offers a great view of the center of copenhagen, and even all the way to sweden on good days. in order to get to the top, you have to walk up through a helical corridor, no stairs, just round and round, all the way to the top. like walking through a giant snail's house. alas the name. the round tower is connected to a church building, and what used to be a library, but today offers art exhibitions, concerts or other cultural events.

i went their on a solo date with D, who - as the true israeli he is - had to call a friend back home and tell him about the view. i chose to just view. and take photos of course, but that's really just another way of viewing, isn't it? oh, yes, D took a few photos too, so that would be me, that 3rd photo.

17 comments:

  1. amazing building!

    love to go to copenhagen once.
    we drove trough it in juli but we were going to norway.. so didnt stop...
    but we did make some if-if-if-maybe-plans to go there once... just the two of us...
    and your pictures make it look like a very good idea!

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  2. Wow that's really interesting! no stairs? Just a spiral floor protruding upwards? So cool!! Nice pix too :)

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  3. don't you LOVE the light in the round tower? i love that they built it that way to drive a horse & carriage up. :-) wish you could take one today, i'd love to hear the clip-clop of horse hooves.

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  4. i am fascinated by that round tower! and bravo to both of you for going on a solo date!

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  5. the tower is beautiful and the view even better!!!

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  6. Jolies photos et nice building !!! Always on holidays ??? I'm a little bit jealous !!! Bise

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  7. It's just a good way of viewing !!! The colors of your pictures, are, for me, the colors I associate to "Kongeriget Danmark)"...

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  8. beautiful tower, but i feel dizzyness whet i look at the floor :-)

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  9. thanks for commenting! yes, it's an amazing place, and yes, julochka, the light is awesome! actually i didn't know that the whole spiral thing was because they needed to be able to get up there with a horse carriage. but it makes total sense. thanks for sharing :)

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  10. this place looks great and I love your photos ...

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  11. the architecture is amazing! it´s a real beauty. and i love your white sequence! happy weekend trinsch!

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  12. i love the whiteness, the smoothness. it reminds me of the guggenheim here in new york city. did andrew lloyd wright base his building on this one?

    and lovely to see you there too, trinsch.

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  13. The view over Copenhagen is one of my favourites. Last year we stayed at a hostel by Langebro and the view from our room was amazing. I've never been to rundetaarn though. It looks amazing.

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  14. thanks for sharing!
    and i do love copenhagen- a lot of good memories!

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  15. What a beautiful architecture! I love the windows .. pretty shape!!
    Thank you for sharing lovely photos! ox

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  16. oh, me and my boys were there this summer. I love rundetaarn.

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