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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  • The church looks so elegant.The construction style is just a wow.What an amazing architecture. Very peaceful place.Not many visitors when I visited but the sound from the pipes organ was simply superb...  more »
  • I have never before seen a church without any decorations, so bare and simple, and so imposing at the same time. Magnificent architecture! It is a bit out of the way, but worth every effort to visit.  more »
  • Magnificent, stunning, sublime are just a few words that can be put on the Grundtvig's Church. Was there with the family, but has also been lucky enough to be there on a tour (highly recommended). Are themselves former bricklayer, and can barely find the words for the architecture and in particular the brickwork. Highly commended worthy
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  • Attended an organ concert here and it was amazing! The acoustics make the "fadeout" of the organ so delightful and every detail audible. Also, the architecture is so great to look at: you don't need complexity to construct some pretty profound beauty. Lastly, the chairs, though minimalistic, were pretty comfortable.
  • If you are seeking some peace and quiet, this is the perfect getaway. Get ready to be astonished by a beautiful, minimalistic church that has a unique "Minecraft" -like architecture. One of the tallest in Denmark, it is serene and imposing. On a good day, hear some of the largest church organs you might ever see. Right in front of the church is the road leading to the Bispebjerg cemetery which is beautiful (all-seasons) and is a big place to walk around (yes, despite it being a cemetery).
  • Such a nice place. The architecture is unique and all bricks, every single detail. It is worth visiting and I highly recommend it.
  • I live in the area and the church makes a great photo opportunity. It constantly changes colour, depending on the time of the day and weather conditions.
  • It seemd to me a place for prayers, not mpre than that.
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