On my very first day in Copenhagen, I noticed an absolutely gorgeous building with a spire created by the tails of four dragons intertwined, and three crowns above (the crowns represent the close relationship between Denmark, Norway, and Sweden). In addition to this striking feature, there are dozens of carved stone figures on the facade. Most of the original doors have now become windows, but there are beautiful entrances on each end.
I later learned that this building was constructed in the early 1600’s as the original stock exchange, and the dragons were not just an aesthetic feature of the building. From visitcopenhagen.com:
According to legend, the dragon-tailed spire guards the building against enemy attacks and fires. Is it true? Well, surprisingly, the Old Stock Exchange has many times been mysteriously spared from damage when fires have broken out in neighbouring buildings.
Christiansborg Palace (the present day Danish Parliament) has burnt down on several occasions, and even recently in 1990, a fire broke out in the Proviantgaarden in Slotsholmsgade (Slotholm Street). On this occasion, as before, the Old Stock Exchange survived unscathed.
Have the dragons been protecting the Old Stock Exchange from fire for the last 400 years? Or maybe the building’s original position with canals on three sides and foundations on wood piles extending into the water below could have been a factor?
I have to say…on closer inspection the dragons look kind of like dogs with big ears:
Just a few of the figures on the facade:
And finally…the entrance doors on the ends of the building:
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What a beautiful building!! Those door knockers remind me of the one on Ebenezer Scrooge’s front door!
This city is full of beautiful buildings!
Fantastic look and story!
I wonder if the Dragons have their annual NFPA inspection tag? Just in case of a fire.
Schlage use to have a hand crafted division. I know because I ordered lions head design on at that time Thd D series lock. They were so heavy that when you turned the knob the latch stayed in. The springs were too weak. They had to be sent back and refitted to work correctly.
Beautiful building and believe inside it’s also amazing
Yes – I have seen photos, but we couldn’t go inside. 🙁
On this evidence alone, I think dragons should be required as part of every building design. I mean, why take chances with life safety? #DemandDragonProtection
I’m with you, Mary! 🙂