Photographer's Note

The landmark of BÝrsen is the dragon spire from 1625, which symbols four dragon tails twisted around each other. In 1775, the spire was in such poor condition that it might had fallen apart. It was pulled down and replaced with a new one, almost identical with the old spire. In connection with this, a suggestion was proposed, whether to replace the spire with a dome, but nothing came of it. The spire was said to guard the building against fire and enemies. Even today it its said to be true, because many times BÝrsen has "survived" fires from surrounding buildings. Christiansborg has burnt many times, once the neighbouring building Privatbanken burnt, and in the beginning of 1990, Proviantgaarden in Slotsholmsgade was on fire. Everytime the dragon tails guarded BÝrsen.rnIn 1787 a building towards Christiansborg Slotsplads was built and connected to BÝrsen. The building belonged to Courantbanken, which was the first bank in Denmark. The building was pulled down in 1879 to make way for Slotsholmsgade.

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Additional Photos by Aleksandar Dekanski (dekanski) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 315 W: 129 N: 1269] (8161)
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