Church of Our Saviour (Vor Frelsers Kirke)

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Key Info

Sankt Annae Gade 29

Price & Hours

Free

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Churches/Religious Sites, Free Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
4.2

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  • 5.0Value
  • 2.0Facilities
  • 4.5Atmosphere

One of Denmark's most iconic religious sites is the Church of Our Saviour in Christianshavn. Built in the 1680s and opened in 1696, this Palladian-style church was designed by Danish architect Lambert van Haven. Inside, you'll find a carillon with 48 bells, an organ built in 1698 and an altar that depicts a scene from the New Testament. But the church's standout detail is its oak spire. Created by Danish architect Lauritz de Thurah, the impressive spire features an outdoor spiral staircase, gilded iron rails and a gilded statue of Christ on a globe.

Travelers rave about the Church of Our Saviour's architecture, though many said that the property's biggest draw is the view from its spire. If you want to climb the spire's staircase, time your visit on a calm, sunny day between late February and mid-December, since the spire closes every winter and on windy, snowy and rainy days. Visitors also suggest arriving early to enjoy more elbow room during your climb.

Although the spire closes on select days, the church welcomes visitors every day from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. when services are not scheduled. Admission is free, but depending on the time of year, climbing the spire will set you back 35 or 50 Danish kroner (about $6 or $8) per adult and 25 or 40 kroner (roughly $4 or $7) for each senior and student. Children 14 and younger get in for free during the shoulder seasons and for 10 kroner (less than $2) from May through September. Other than restrooms, no amenities are available on-site. To get to the church, you can take the No. 2A, 9A, 37 or 350S bus, ride the metro to Christianshavn station or walk from sights like the Danish Jewish Museum and Christiansborg Palace. Visit the Church of Our Saviour's website for more information.

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