Holmens Kirke

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Holmens Kirke information

Copenhagen , Denmark
Holmens Kanal 9
+45 33 13 61 78
Getting there
Bus: 1A, 2A, 11, 29, 350S
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admission free
Opening hours
10am-4pm Mon-Fri, 9am-noon Sat May-Sep, 10am-3pm Mon-Fri, 9am-noon Sat Oct-Apr
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Just across the canal to the northeast of Slotsholmen is Holmens Kirke. This historic brick structure, with a nave that was originally built in 1562 to be used as an anchor forge, was converted into a church for the Royal Navy in 1619. Most of the present structure, which is predominantly in Dutch Renaissance style, dates from 1641. The church’s burial chapel contains the remains of some important naval figures, including Admiral Niels Juel, who beat back the Swedes in the crucial 1677 Battle of Køge Bay.

It was at Holmens Kirke that Queen Margrethe II took her marriage vows in 1967. The interior of the church has an intricately carved 17th-century oak altarpiece and pulpit.