Every day at 11.38 the Royal Danish Life Guard walk past the Round Tower on its way to the changing of the guard at Amalienborg Palace. But apart from the guard, most people step inside at one time or another. Last year there were well over half a million people who did as Copenhageners, out-of-town guests and tourists have done since 1642 when the tower was completed: Passed through the Round Tower – perhaps the most iconic edifice, not just in the capital city, but also in the whole country of Denmark.
We therefore take the liberty to say, that the whole world is passing through the Round Tower. The reason for this is not just that the spiral ramp, like a veritable Tower of Babel, daily swirls of countless different tongues, but also that the Round Tower is the centre of countless stories. Institutions have started here. Discoveries have been made here. Important historical figures have come here. Scholars have strived to become wiser here among bookcases and astronomical telescopes. People from all walks of life have passed each other in search of Copenhagen’s most charming view.
We tell you about all of this on this page, which functions as the historical annexe to the Round Tower’s website. Regularly new stories will be added, giving explanations and revealing contexts. The stories are about the ways in which our knowledge, the universe, history, fairy tales and the world all pass through the Round Tower. These words are also the names of the categories that you can find at the top of the page. Here we gather the stories, which you will also be able to meet literally, when we put selected items on display in the Library Hall.
And there is much more. The Round Tower was built as part of the Trinity Complex, named after the Holy Trinity and designed to accommodate three things: the observatory at the top of the tower, the library on the floor above the Trinity Church and of course the church itself underneath. By clicking on the headlines to the right, you can get access to an overwhelming amount of historical knowledge about the three institutions and much more, all of it, though, in Danish. You can find sources about the tower and church history, as well as biographies of people who were regular visitors here. Furthermore, you can find e-books, former annual reports and coverage of previous exhibitions.
So dig in and explore. We wish you much fun with the stories. And we hope that you feel like passing through the Round Tower once in a while. Just as our knowledge, the universe, history, the fairy tales and the world have throughout the centuries.
Jesper Vang Hansen