Day 4, La Glacé, Trinitatis Church, and other Exciting stuff

by | Jan 20, 2024 | Denmark


“I am aware that Day 3 comes before Day 4, but at the moment I am not feeling up to writing about Day 3. Perhaps I will write about it later. My initial plan for the day was to visit churches and get some nice pictures, unfortunately, only Trinitatis Church was open. The weather forecast for late morning through mid-day was terrible, so I decided to visit Conditori La Glace, which was founded in 1870 and is the oldest and best pastry shop in Denmark. Unfortunately, the bad weather arrived earlier than expected.”

Trinitatis Church was one of the two churches, I found that was actually open to the public, it seems that most of the churches are closed to the public during the winter months, basically November through March, I have to think it is a preservation thing, mud and grit cannot be kind to the floors. The grit is everywhere, it is like 80-grit sandpaper, and it is everywhere.

La Glacé

Luckily, when I got there, there was no queue, so I was seated right away. However, at certain times of the year, there can be a long line that wraps around the building. Once you are seated and have looked over the menu, there are no posted instructions, but you can go to the counter where you can take a look at all the delicious pastries in the case, place your order, pay, and return to your seat. I suppose you could call it partial table service.

Coffee and hot chocolate are sold by the pot or carafe, and you get one free refill. The carafe holds around three cups, and when you need a refill, you simply take it to the side of the counter and let them know where you are seated. They will bring you a full pot in a few minutes. The pastries and coffee are great, and live up to the hype.

As I enjoyed my pastries and coffee, I thought about what to do for the day, which was to visit some churches and enjoy the architecture and artwork. What I did not know is that the majority of churches in Copenhagen are closed from October through March,

Saint Petri Church

Saint Petri Church was closed, so I got some nice exterior shots. The church’s school was at recess, and there was one of the most brutal games of dodgeball being played by 8 and 9 year-olds. The ball was a wet muddy mess, it was one of those cloth-covered soft foam balls, that is great for playing with at swimming pools and such, not for cold muddy days in winter.

The teacher/Monitor was checking out a kid who took a shot to the face, I think the kid was more shocked than anything else. The kid gathered his composure and was smiling and ready to go, shortly after I took the below picture. From my minimal Danish, I did make out that there were not supposed to be any headshots, the teacher was pointing to his head, saying nej nej nej (No). As play resumed, it took about three throws before the target got higher and higher, until the teacher yelled NEJ again.

Copenhagen Synagogue

With all the stupidity in the world at the time of my visit, the Copenhagen Synagogue was not open to the public, and the was a decent police presence since today was one of the bigger nights of Hanukkah.

Trinitatis Church

Trinitatis Church, also known as Trinitatis Kirke in Danish, is a historic church located in Copenhagen, Denmark, I am Not sure why it is referred to as Trinitatis Church instead of Trinity Church in English. Everywhere else I travel, there is a “Trinity” church, in Czech “Kostel Trojice”, in Slovakl “Kostol Trojice”, in Polish “Kościół Trójcy”, and in German “Dreifaltigkeitskirche”. They all have it in English ”Trinity” on the signage, which just struck me as a little weird.

It is a beautiful church, inside and out, as these pictures show. I was fortunate enough to be there while someone was either tuning or practicing on the beautiful pipe organ. I sat there for about 2 hours listening and enjoying the atmosphere, and getting annoyed by the Italian tour guide.

Here are some key details about Trinitatis Church:

Trinitatis Church was built in the 17th century, between 1637 and 1656. It was constructed as part of the University of Copenhagen and served as the university’s student chapel. The church was designed by Danish architect Hans van Steenwinckel the Younger, son of Hans van Steenwinckel the Elder, who would have thought that?

The church is known for its Baroque architecture and impressive twin spires. Its design reflects the architectural style of the time, characterized by ornate decorations and intricate details. The church’s interior features a magnificent organ.

Initially, Trinitatis Church primarily served as the university’s student chapel, where academic ceremonies and events took place. Over the years, it has also been used for regular worship services and cultural events for the community.

The church is situated in the heart of Copenhagen, attached to the famous Round Tower (Rundetårn), and within walking distance of other historic landmarks and attractions.

The notable feature of Trinitatis Church is its Round Tower “Rundetaarn” observatory, which is connected to the church. Visitors can ascend the tower to enjoy panoramic views of Copenhagen. The church also houses a library and a scientific collection.

Even though the tower is physically attached to the church, it is not part of the church, and it costs about USD 6 to climb. This tower is unique in European towers, instead of stairs and ladders, this tower is one seven-and-a-half-turn spiral ramp. During my visit, the weather was always too nasty IMO to climb, visibility was terrible.

Trinitatis Church is often used as a venue for classical music concerts and cultural events due to its acoustics and historical significance. A word of advice, be there on time, or a short mean lady will yell at you and tell you to leave!

Trinitatis Church is a significant historical and architectural landmark in Copenhagen, representing the city’s rich cultural heritage. It continues to play a role in both academic and cultural life in the Danish capital.

Another Stolpersteine

I found the Stolpersteine for Ruth Fanni Niedrig, nearby.


Nørreport and Vesterport

After hanging out in Trinitatis Church for a couple of hours, it was time to wander back to the hotel, I just enjoyed the ambiance of the neighborhoods and didn’t take any pictures after leaving the University area. Sometimes you just have to experience it.

As I got closer to the hotel, I was near the railroad tracks


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