December 8, 2007

img_0835.jpga warning for those of my friendly readers who are not huge fans of architecture: what follows is essentially a bunch of photos of a church. but it’s a great church! : ) kari and i saw this in one of her copenhagen travel books and decided we had to check it out. grundtvigskirke (named after theologian, hymn-writer, and many-initialed n. f. s. grundtvig) is located in the north-western copenhagen neighborhood of bispebjerg. i’ve read it referred to as a “village-style” cathedral, which i assume describes the way in which the surrounding cluster of buildings are detailed to make a total design of the roughly block-sized area centered on the church. it’s almost like its own little enclave, and is reinforced both by the topographically prominent position of the church on top of one of copenhagen’s few hills as well as the formal axis of the park that faces it (for an aerial view, check out this map i made: grundtvigs_map.jpg). we had a hard time determining the age of the church on our own (the grandeur of the space suggested turn of the 20th century or earlier, but the yellow brick was screaming ‘1970’s!’). it was actually designed and completed between 1921 and 1940 as part of the danish national-romantic movement. the form and style in general are supposed to be a grander version of a typical danish country church. it’s a really amazing building – the brickwork is superb, and the scale is comparable to that of the many more famous cathedrals that i’ve seen in france and italy. in any case, this was a fantastic building…now for more photos (i had trouble editing, so there are lots)!gk6.jpgexterior details: the top of the main tower/the front entrancegk5.jpgside and front entry doors – beautiful brick detailing!img_0793.jpgthe interior: brick vaulting (this is all brick!)gk2.jpgthe main aisle/column and vaulting detailgk1.jpglighting fixture/side aislegk3.jpglighting and vaulting/nave set with chairsimg_0800.jpgthe organ on the west end of the church (wow!!)gk7.jpgback to the exterior: side elevation/what i like to call “perspective with cart”img_0827.jpgexterior view of rear (east) facade with buttressesimg_0826.jpgbuttresses meet the groundgk4.jpgand back to the front…you can see the way that the buildings to the side stylistically complement the main church…this happens all the way around, creating an entire complex of mini-grundtvigs-church-like buildings.