Copenhagen: Grundtvig’s Church

Grundtvigskirche, 1921-1940. Architekt: Peder Jensen-Klint
Grundtvig's Church, 1921-1940. Architect: Peder Jensen-Klint

Grundtvig’s Church, 1921–1940. Architect: Peder Jensen-Klint

Grundtvig's Church, 1921-1940. Architect: Peder Jensen-Klint

Grundtvig’s Church, 1921–1940. Architect: Peder Jensen-Klint

Grundtvig's Church, 1921-1940. Architect: Peder Jensen-Klint

Grundtvig’s Church, 1921–1940. Architect: Peder Jensen-Klint

Grundtvig's Church, 1921-1940. Architect: Peder Jensen-Klint

Grundtvig’s Church, 1921–1940. Architect: Peder Jensen-Klint

Grundtvig's Church, 1921-1940. Architect: Peder Jensen-Klint

Grundtvig’s Church, 1921–1940. Architect: Peder Jensen-Klint

Grundtvig's Church, 1921-1940. Architect: Peder Jensen-Klint

Grundtvig’s Church, 1921–1940. Architect: Peder Jensen-Klint

Grundtvig's Church, 1921-1940. Architect: Peder Jensen-Klint

Grundtvig’s Church, 1921–1940. Architect: Peder Jensen-Klint

Grundtvig's Church, 1921-1940. Architect: Peder Jensen-Klint

Grundtvig’s Church, 1921–1940. Architect: Peder Jensen-Klint

Grundtvig's Church, 1921-1940. Architect: Peder Jensen-Klint

Grundtvig’s Church, 1921–1940. Architect: Peder Jensen-Klint

1921 – 1940

Architect: Peder Jensen-Klint

På Bjerget 14B, Copenhagen

Grundtvig’s Church in the Bispebjerg district of Copenhagen is one of the city’s most important churches. It is the parish church of the local Evangelical Lutheran congre­gation, which belongs to the Diocese of Copenhagen.

Architect Peder Jensen-Klint created the plans for the church, which is named after Danish philo­sopher and pastor Nikolai Frederik Severin Grundtvig.

He had won the compe­tition for the construction of the new church as early as 1913.

For his project, Klint studied a large number of Danish village churches, drawing inspi­ration from their tradi­tional construction methods, building materials and ornamentation.

In the Grundtvig Church, he finally combined the modern, geometric forms of brick expres­sionism with the classical soaring lines of the Gothic style.

The foundation stone of the church was not laid until after the end of the First World War on September 8, 1921, Grundtvig’s 138th birthday.

In 1927 the church tower was completed. The architect did not live to see the completion of the church.

After his death in 1930, his son Kaare Klint took over the management of the construction work.

In 1940 Grundtvig’s church was completed and conse­crated on Grundtvig’s 157th anniversary.

A long avenue leads straight to the church and, together with the approach to the main portal with the symmetrical outbuil­dings, forms an almost baroque visual axis.

By means of this axis, the view is directed centrally to the façade of Grundtvig Church, which is visible at the end of the axis. In this way, the signi­fi­cance of the church is signi­fi­cantly emphasized.

Defining the church as a city landmark makes it easy for visitors to orient themselves to this centrally visible structure.

The west façade, with its 49-meter bell tower, is the church’s most striking feature.  For the nave, Klint created stepped gables common on Danish churches, but reinter­preted their form and doubled the highest point.

The total length of the three-nave hall church is 76 meters, its width is 35 meters, and the nave is 22 meters high. The interior can accom­modate 1800 people.

The whole construction is made of six million yellow bricks. The baptismal font is made of light limestone from Faxe.

Around the church, a small settlement with a parish hall and residential buildings was built at the same time, which was intended to increase the effect of the church as a framing structure.

Grundtvig's Church, 1921-1940. Architect: Peder Jensen-Klint

Grundtvig’s Church, 1921–1940. Architect: Peder Jensen-Klint

Grundtvig's Church, 1921-1940. Architect: Peder Jensen-Klint

Grundtvig’s Church, 1921–1940. Architect: Peder Jensen-Klint

Grundtvig's Church, 1921-1940. Architect: Peder Jensen-Klint

Grundtvig’s Church, 1921–1940. Architect: Peder Jensen-Klint

Grundtvig's Church, 1921-1940. Architect: Peder Jensen-Klint

Grundtvig’s Church, 1921–1940. Architect: Peder Jensen-Klint

Grundtvig's Church, 1921-1940. Architect: Peder Jensen-Klint

Grundtvig’s Church, 1921–1940. Architect: Peder Jensen-Klint

Grundtvig's Church, 1921-1940. Architect: Peder Jensen-Klint

Grundtvig’s Church, 1921–1940. Architect: Peder Jensen-Klint

Grundtvig's Church, 1921-1940. Architect: Peder Jensen-Klint

Grundtvig’s Church, 1921–1940. Architect: Peder Jensen-Klint

Grundtvig's Church, 1921-1940. Architect: Peder Jensen-Klint

Grundtvig’s Church, 1921–1940. Architect: Peder Jensen-Klint

 

 

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