St. Paul's Church, Copenhagen

St. Paul's Church

St. Paul's Church seen from the top of Frederik's Church
55°41′15″N 12°35′15″E / 55.68750°N 12.58750°E / 55.68750; 12.58750Coordinates: 55°41′15″N 12°35′15″E / 55.68750°N 12.58750°E / 55.68750; 12.58750
Location City centre, Copenhagen
Country Denmark
Denomination Church of Denmark
Status Church
Architect(s) Johannes Emil Gnudtzmann
Architectural type Church
Groundbreaking 1872
Completed 15 February 1877
Materials Brick
Archdiocese Diocese of Copenhagen

St. Paul's Church (Danish: Sankt Pauls Kirke) is a Lutheran church in central Copenhagen, Denmark, also colloquially known as Nyboder's Church due to its location in the middle of the Nyboder area. It was designed by Johannes Emil Gnudtzmann and constructed from 1872 to 1877.


The church is part of a wave of church constructions which took place in Copenhagen in the 1870s to provide capacity for the city's growing population. Unlike the other new churchesSt. Stephen's and St. James' in Østerbro and St. Mathew's in VesterbroSt. Paul's was not built in one of the emerging districts outside the city's old fortifications which had just been decommissiom Johannes Emil Gnudtzmann was charged with the design of the new church, his first independent work as an architect, and it opened on 15 February 1877.[1]


The church viewed from Adelgade

The church is built in red brick and the masonry is decorated with blinds, arches, columns and pinnacles on all corners.[2]


The church's first altarpiece was a painting by Hendrick Krock entitled The Eucharist (Danish: Nadveren). In 1887 it was replaced by a gilded crucifix created by the sculptor Jens Adolf Jerichau, a donation from pastor Christian Møller.[2]

St. Paul's Square

St. Paul's Square, southeast side

The space surrounding the church is called Sankt Pauls Plads (St. Paul's Square). On the southeast side of the church (even numbers) are some of the so'called Grey Tows of the Nyboder development. They were designed by Olaf Schmidth and are younger than the more well-known terraces of the neighbourhood. On the other side of the church street (even numbers) are a row of apartment buildings from the 1870s. To the rear of the church is the former Gernersgade Barracks, now Bygningskulturens Hus. Two of Nyboder's Yellow Rows flank Adelgade in front of the church.[3]

See also

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  1. "1877". Selskabet for Københavns Historie. Retrieved 2011-02-15.
  2. 1 2 "Skt. Pals Kirke". Holmens Provsti. Retrieved 2011-02-14.
  3. "Sankt Pauls Plads" (in Danish). Retrieved 2013-11-28.
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