Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Copenhagen, Denmark: Town Hall

It's a little tough to guess what this building is. A church perhaps? A prison? No, it's the Town Hall, with a tower that stretches more than 300 feet into the air. Inside is a clock said to be the world's most accurate timepiece, if you don't count the nuclear clocks. It even shows the location of the planets at a given moment; there's no word how the machine handled Pluto's demotion from planetary status.

The geography of the structure is almost as interesting as the building. The Town Hall was built virtually at the exact center of Copenhagen. There's a small marker nearby that shows where "kilometer zero" is located.

The structure is on a large square - the Europeans are really good at having such open space in their cities - and there's a statue of Hans Christian Anderson and the start of a long pedestrian mall nearby. You can take a tour of the place, or even get married there.

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