About Copenhagen Holmens Kirke

This royal chapel and a naval church host strange and wonderful stories within its grounds.

The legend of naval hero Peter Wessel Tordenskjold who died in a sword-fighting duel in Germany, lives on. Back then, the law states that if someone loses in a duel, this person also loses the right to get buried in a church. Friends of Tordenskjold, nonetheless, sneaked his body into the graveyard. The story doesn’t end there as his body was exhumed twice to be reburied in better style. The hero’s statue stands in the churchyard, facing the canal.

How to get there
By bus: 26 from the Copenhagen Main Railway Station, 15, 29, 1A, 2A, 650S. By metro: Kongens Nytorv.

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Mon-Sat 9am-noon, Sun 10am-5pm

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