Photographer's Note

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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