1265 Copenhagen, Denmark
tel: +45 3315 3763
Church Mon-Thurs 10am-5pm; Fri-Sun noon-5pm. Dome June 15-Aug daily 1 and 3pm; Sept-June 14 Sat-Sun 1 and 3pm
Frederikskirken is familiarly known as 'Marmorkirken' or the Marble Church, as original designs when building first commenced in 1749 envisaged a rococo church of marble. Almost 150 years were to pass before the church was actually completed, with only a fraction in marble, but with its signature dome, a landmark of Copenmhagen's skyline and the largest in Scandinavia, said to be inspired by Rome's Church of St Peter. A number of architects worked on the church – amongst them Nicolai Eigtved, French Jardin and – almost a century later - C.F. Tietgen, who finally transformed the romantic ruin into a working church . Recent building to extend the city's Metro subway line has met with some problems, as the line is to run directly under the church - but it has also uncovered some interesting historical discoveries spanning the 150 years from foundations to completion.