Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Copenhagen, Denmark: Gammeltorv

Here's a sentence that is fun to type. Gammeltorv, which translates to Market Square, dates back to the 12th century.

That's a long time, especially if you live in America.

To be fair, the buildings on the square don't go back that far. The Great Fire of 1795 took care of that. So some of the structures only go back a couple of hundred years. Only.

A highlight is the Caritas Well, a fountain shown in the picture here. King Christian IV put it up in 1608 once the water system had been updated a couple of decades earlier to allow for a fountain to be built. An annual highlight here is the celebration of the Queen's birthday, where copper balls covered in gold (think golden apples) are placed in the fountain. It's a tradition that dates back to the 1700s.

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