The center of the so-called Latin Quarter, where Latin was originally spoken, is the cobblestone Vor Frue Plads and the university buildings that surround it. Although Christian I founded the university in 1479, the current structures on Vor Frue Plads are 19th-century constructions. The remaining departments and employees have relocated to the main campus, on the island of Amager, east of Copenhagen. They only host a small number of faculties, including law.


Opposite Vor Frue Kirke is the enormous Neo-Classical university building. It boasts a striking entry hall filled with frescoes by Constantin Hansen that portray themes from Greek mythology. The library from the 19th century is just next to the university building. A glass cabinet housing remnants from a cannonball fired during the British attack in 1807 is located on the library’s main stairway. Ironically, the ball also struck a book called The Defender of Peace in the library. Along  Fiolstræde, which ascends to the Universitet, there are a lot of used bookstores.

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