The Marble Church

 
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Alias Names
Frederik's Church

Structural Info

Year Built
1749
Built by
Nicolai Eigtved

Location

Address
Frederiksgade 4
Country
Continent

Accessible

Accessible
Cost
Yes
Other Info
In case of services, concerts, rehearsals et cetera the church will not be accessible.
We strive to announce changes to the opening hours due to e.g. funerals as soon as possible.
Opening Hours
  • Mon 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Tue 10:00 am - 5:00 pm Closed now
  • Wed 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Thu 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Fri 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Sun 12:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Admission Cost
adult
DKK 50
Child
Free

The awe-inspiring Marble Church with the characteristic copper green dome has to be one of the most impressive churches of the city - and is definitely home to one of the best views in town.

The church lies beautifully in line with Amalienborg palace and the Opera in the middle of the elegant area of Frederiksstaden in central Copenhagen. While the official name of the church is Frederik's Church, it is commonly called the Marble Church.

The story behind the Marble Church is interesting – it's not made from marble, for a start, although that was the original plan. In a project presided over by King Frederik V, the foundation stone was laid in 1749 as part of a grand plan of making a new city district called Frederiksstaden.

An architectural project with some hiccups

Most architectural projects have a few hiccups along the way. This one suffered more than most. The original architect, court architect Nicolai Eigtved, died in 1754 while the project was incomplete, and by 1770 the original plans had been abandoned completely. For over a hundred years, the building stood as a half-finished ruin.

In the late 1800s, Denmark's Finance Minister sold the ruins of the church and its square to Carl Frederik Tietgen on the condition that he built a church in the style of the original plans. Ferdinand Melhdahl took over design and, due to a tight budget, was forced to swap from marble to limestone blocks in its construction. The church finally opened in 1894, 145 years after the first stone was laid.

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