- Situated in the middle of walking street Strøget, Amagertorv square is one of the oldest in Copenhagen, and is so named because it was where farmers from Amager (then nothing more than farms) would come to sell their produce right up until 1868. Today, it functions more as a meeting point for Copenhageners and tourists alike; Cafes Norden and Europa are extremely popular, while the square's focal point, the "Storkespringvandet" fountain statue, is another popular meeting place. Though this translates as 'stork fountain', the sculpture is actually of a heron. The fountain gained a place in popular local folklore when it became the inspiration for a Danish folk song in the '60s.
In 1993, the square was given a municipal facelift that included the attractive tiling, which was designed by one of Denmark's best loved artists, Bjørn Nørgaard, who was also responsible for Queen Margrethe's tapestries on display in Christiansborg Palace.
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