The Round Tower
The 17th century tower and observatory Rundetårn, or the round tower, is the oldest functioning observatory in Europe and stars have been watched here since 1642. When Christian IV built the tower, Denmark was quite famous for its astronomical achievements thanks to the astronomer Tycho Brahe. When he died in 1601, the King wished to continue Brahe's research, and thus the round tower came into being.
It has been a while since the scientists left, but the observatory is still frequently used by amateur astronomers and the many visitors. The observatory is encircled by an outdoor platform from which you have a magnificent view of the old part of Copenhagen. To get there you need to walk up the spiral walk, which is 268,5 meters long at the outer wall and only 85,5 meters long close to the core of the building. This means that you walk around 209 meters to get to top even though the tower is only 36 meters tall.
The tower from inside
This walk also leads to the library hall, which once housed the entire book collection of the university. The famous Danish writer H.C. Andersen used to visit the library a lot and found inspiration for his work here. Today the hall serves as the framework for changing exhibitions of art, culture, history and science. The entry way of the tower is flanked by ornamental writing in latin and the entire entrance area is a bit crooked as it was originally built into the church wall, which was in line with the street.
|02/01/2013 - 31/12/2020||Monday - Sunday||10:00 - 17:00|
|02/01/2013 - 31/12/2020||Tuesday, Wednesday||19:00 - 22:00|
|21/05/2013 - 20/09/2013||Monday - Sunday||10:00 - 20:00|
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