The stately square at Amalienborg Palace - home of the Danish Royal Family in Copenhagen - is inspired by the French baroque period. Other leading examples of this are Place Vendôme in Paris and Place Dauphine in Versailles, having the same 'point de vue'.
The octagonal square is flanked by four palaces and has Frederikskirken [Frederik's Church] - also known as Marmorkirken [Marble Church] - as its focal point. This closes off the grand axis starting at the harbour front and extending through the equestrian statue of Frederik V in the middle of the square.
The statue - which was unveiled in 1771 - is known as Saly's equestrian statue. It took the French sculptor, Jacques Francois-Joseph Saly almost 20 years to create the statue, which today is recognized as one of Europe's most famous equestrian statues.
The church was started in 1749 and was originally planned to compete with St. Peter's in Rome. However, the cost grew so high that the church was not finished until the early 20th century. Expensive Norwegian marble had to be replaced by cheaper Danish materials from eight meters above ground.
At the other end of the axis is Copenhagen’s new Opera House!
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sam224 (6215) 2005-08-09 6:02
Very nice composition and view here. Good perspective giving depth to the image. Very good colours and light. I love the architecture and the old lamps. I would love to go there and visit this place.
pamastro (7290) 2005-08-13 1:09
Good take on this famous square. It is a very monumental looking area and the baroque design really is first class. It has a theatrical sort of feel like some of the stage backdrops and sketches of the perfect Renaissance or baroque city. This is nice and sharp. And the point of view offers an excellent perspective along the side of the equestrian and the facade of the row of buildings. It certainly is picturesque. It does seem a bit overexposed perhaps. I wonder what some burning would do to it. But I'll have to try that later. I just turned that computer off and if I go back out there I'll never get to sleep! :)
orme (7215) 2005-08-16 22:10
Stunning architecture, Kaj. I like how you have framed it with an almost 50-50 split and with the lampposts on either side. The statue against the blue sky is very beautiful - nice angle. Well done.
maphoto (8082) 2005-08-26 8:16
Another nice contribution Kaj, I like the way you present this picture, excellent framing and depth. Nice repetitive pattern along the interesting architecture, strong light a bit in the foreground but you did very well, good work.
jiherka (4552) 2005-09-04 7:33
Why it is from back? I would prefer to se it from the from the face. But the colours and the framing are good
Well done Kaj
rabdelnoor (3421) 2005-09-21 23:49
Very nice view of this plaza. You have chosen a nice angle, framing well the statue and the church. Great sharpness and beautiful colours.
- Copyright: Kaj Nordstrom (kajenn) (2440)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2005-06-14
- Categories: Castles, Architecture, Artwork
- Camera: Olympus C-750UZ, Olympus 6.3-63mm f/2.8-3.7, JPEG ISO 50
- Exposure: f/4, 1/800 seconds
- Map: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2005-08-08 22:33