The church stood as a ruin for 150 years due to the increasing building costs and the succeeding King’s priorities. It became a famous outing spot until it was rebuilt in 1874. Construction took another 20 years, so it was only in 1894 that it became what it is today. It was originally meant to have a neoclassical design, but later on it was built with a classical Roman baroque style made of Norwegian and Danish marble and limestone.
This magnificent structure is richly decorated and for some even more impressive than the Copenhagen cathedral. It was inspired by the St.Peter’s Basilica, which is why it has a massive copper dome, considered to be one of the largest in the world. Around the church, you can find 14 bronze statues of prominent Danish people such as N.F.S. Grundtvig (1783 1872), philosopher and theologian Søren A. Kierkegaard (1813-1855) and poet and novelist B.S. Ingemann (1789-1862).
One of the church attractions includes the exterior 400 step-golden staircase winding up the church tower. The stairs allows you to climb the 95 meter high spire where you can get a 360 degree view of Copenhagen, including the Oresund Bridge connecting Denmark to Sweden. It may be a tedious climb but it is definitely worth it.
Marmorkirken Marble Church / Frederikskirken