About Copenhagen Holmens Kirke

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.

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