Kongens Nytorv

King’s New Square was built more than 300 years ago, and it is situated at the end of the pedestrian street Strget. Det Kongelige Teater (The Royal Theatre) and Charlottenborg Slot are located here, which is a central area in Copenhagen. In addition to being the beginning of Strget, Copenhagen’s famed walkway that is packed with stores and restaurants, it also serves as the terminus of Nyhavn.

The statue of Christian V, for whom the square was constructed, is mounted in the middle of this oval plaza. A French sculptor created the original sculpture in 1688. The king is shown in the monument as a solemn Roman general, but with time the heavy lead monument started to sink, changing the proportions of the image. The monument needed to be remade in bronze in 1946. New high school grads congregate in the area each June to dance around the statue as part of a customary matriculation ritual.

Elm trees that were planted in the nineteenth century originally covered Kongens Nytorv. Sadly, in 1998, a disease took its toll on them, and the square has since been replanted.

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