It is a Lutheran church, located near the winter royal residence Amalienborg. This place is one of the main baroque sights of Copenhagen. Its unique feature is in the gigantic greenish dome – the biggest one in Denmark with diameter of 32 meters.
Address: Frederiksgade 4, Copenhagen
Web: Marble church
Open hours: Mon. - Thur. from 10 am till 5 pm, Fri. - Sun. from 12 till 5 pm.
Admission: free of charge. Admission to the tower: adults 25 DKK, children up to 18 years - 10 DKK.
Entrance to the tower: in summer from 15 June to 30 August, every day from 1 pm till 3 pm. Rest part of the year only at weekends at 1 pm and 3 pm.
The construction of the Marble church (Marmorkirken) started in the middle of the eighteenth century of the Norwegian marble. The first stone in the foundation of the temple was put by king Frederik V, thus immortalizing himself in the name of the church. However, the architect – Nicolai Eigtved – soon died, marble became more expensive, money ran out for this project and the erection of the church was suspended by 100 years when there appeared a private investor, Tietgen, who was primarily a financier and then a patron.
Tietgen funded the completion of the marble church. It should, however, be noted that the church construction material was then limestone, the project was reconsidered, for example Tietgen decided to refuse from the chapels, which were supposed to stand on the sides of this church to reduce the cost of the project. Nevertheless, it looks very impressive: outside it is decorated with numerous bas reliefs and statues of the saints, and inside there are stained glass windows, carved wooden benches, a gilded altar and inspiring silence. The money for constructing the gigantic dome was raised by the Danish public.
On Sundays the marble church holds services at 10:30. Annually the church is visited by about 250 000 people. There are annually about 60 services, some 45 children’s baptismal services, about 3 adult baptismal services, 22 confirmation rites (transition from childhood to adulthood), 25 musical concerts, some 15 engagements, 10 musical concerts and around 15 thematic performances.