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Grundtvig Church (Grundtvigs Kirke), Copenhagen

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Grundtvig's Church is located in the Bispebjerg district of Copenhagen, Denmark. It is a rare example of expressionist church architecture. Due to its unusual appearance, it is one of the best known churches in the city.HistoryThe commission for the construction of a church to be named after the Danish philosopher and hymn writer N. F. S. Grundtvig was decided through a competition, won by Peder Vilhelm Jensen-Klint in 1913. The foundation of the new church was only laid after World War I, on 8 September 1921, Grundtvig's birthday. Building took place mainly from 1921 to 1926 when the tower section was completed, leading to the initial inauguration of the so-called Tower Church in 1927. Further work on the interior and on adjacent buildings continued until 1940 and was completed by Klint's son Kaare Klint after his father's death in 1930. The church stands at the centre of a residential development (1924–36), also in yellow brick, designed by Jensen-Klint in harmony with the church.ArchitectureJensen-Klint's design for Grundtvig's Church is a synthesis of architectural styles. In preparation for the project, the architect studied many Danish village churches, particularly those on the island of Zealand with stepped gables. Their traditional building techniques, materials and decoration inspired his design. Klint merged the modern geometric forms of Brick Expressionism with the classical vertical of Gothic architecture.
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  • This church is located rather bit remote, regarding the strict centre of Copenhagen around the City Hall, Tivoli Park, Stroeget str. and Christiansburg Palace. We needed to go toward northwest from th...  more »
  • The church was really promising when seeing its photos on the internet. However, in real , I find the church rather disappointing. The very light and minimal architecture is only reflected on pictures...  more »
  • When I walked into the church I met a guy who was kind to show us behind the walls of the church. It is amazing how that bricks can stand so tight on the walls.It is a must see church.  more »
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  • Really unique style church which I've ever seen. Minimal but awesome.
  • This is great!!! This church was built in honor of my 5th great uncle. I would have never been able to see it without this as I'm poor and can't travel:-)
  • Fantastic building. Great architecture. Do go and see it.
  • An extremely grand church that still feels humble with its wicker chairs, and practically no decoration on the inside whatsoever. The high ceiling, grey brick interior and imposing facade give this church it's own unique feel.
  • The outside is fantastic in its way but the inside, the inside is the very definition of beauty. Please visit!