Global Treasures FREDERICK's CHURCH Copenhagen, Denmark
In the middle of the 18th century, King Frederik ordered the construction of the Frederiks Kirke, ''Frederick''s Church'', in the heart of Copenhagen.
Around the dome’s massive external balustrade, there are various statues dedicated to a number of important church leaders, including Moses and Martin Luther.
With a diameter of more than 31 metres, the Baroque dome of the Frederick''s Church is the third largest of its kind in the world and was originally modelled on London’s Saint Paul’s Cathedral and also Saint Peter’s in Rome.
But in spite of its beautiful Neo-Classical appearance and numerous splendid sculptures, the final result turned out to be far smaller than originally hoped for by King Frederik The Fifth.
However, as the church and its prominent dome blends so harmoniously with the historical townscape of Copenhagen, its present day dimensions have proven to be ideal for its surroundings.
The majestic dome of the Frederiks Kirke highlights the architectural importance of this fascinating building as being the largest church of its kind in Scandinavia.
Global Treasures - History''s Most Protected Monuments - Heritage is our legacy from the past, what we live today, and what we pass on to future generations. Our cultural and natural heritage are both irreplaceable sources of life and inspiration. Places as unique and diverse as the wilds of East Africa''s Serengeti, the Pyramids of Egypt, the Great Barrier Reef in Australia and the Baroque cathedrals of Latin America make up our world''s heritage. Join us as we explore one of these protected monuments.