Vor Frelsers Kirke, or the Church of our Saviour, towers over Copenhagen’s Christianshavn district with its golden domed spiral spire, overshadowing the city’s cathedral, the inner-city Vor Frue Kirke as its best-known religious landmark. The church’s fascinating spire—added to the church much later, decades after its original architect had died—forms Denmark’s most prevailing urban legend.
The legend leads us to believe that the architect of the spire, Laurids de Thurah—involved in the design of many of Copenhagen’s grand buildings, such as Gammel Holtegård (now an art museum) and sections of Amalienborg—was so distraught to discover the spiral turns the wrong way around (anticlockwise), that he killed himself by leaping from the top of the spire.
It might make for a great story, but in reality Thurah died in his bed seven years after completing the church spire, leaving no real evidence that he ever felt dissatisfied with his work.
Photo courtesy of Bjørn Giesenbauer.