Danish Order of Freemasons

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The Grand Lodge of Denmark
The Danish Order of Freemasons
Den Danske Frimurerordens våbenskjold.jpg
Coat of arms of the Grand Lodge of Denmark / the Danish Order of Freemasons
Latin Motto ULTOREM ULCISCITUR ULTOR
English Motto REVENGE REPAYS THE REVENGER
Constituted 16 November 1858
Jurisdiction Denmark
Location Headquarters:
Copenhagen

Denmark
Coordinates Headquarters:
55°41′51.34″N 12°34′22.91″E / 55.6975944°N 12.5730306°E / 55.6975944; 12.5730306
Website www.ddfo.dk (Danish)

The Danish Order of Freemasons (Danish: Den Danske Frimurerorden) (abbr.: DDFO), in English mostly known as the Grand Lodge of Denmark, is the main governing body of regular Freemasonry in Denmark, tracing its history back to 1743, making it the oldest Masonic organisation of Denmark.[1]

The Danish Order of Freemasons is the only regular Masonic organisation in Denmark, recognised as such by the world's oldest Masonic Grand Lodge, the United Grand Lodge of England, founded in 1717 in London.[1]

The Danish Order of Freemasons has 89 Lodges in 45 cities, all working in accordance with the rituals of the Swedish Rite.[2][dead link] The order has around 8,000 members.[1]

Within the Danish Order of Freemasons are two other Masonic organisations,[1] both of whom have their own Lodges and both not requiring their members be baptised in the Christian faith: The Guild of Freemasons (Danish: Det Danske Frimurerlaug) has 42 Lodges and practice the English Emulation Ritual, while the Union of Johannes Lodges (Danish: Johanneslogeforbundet) has 3 Lodges and practice the rite created by Friedrich Ludwig Schröder.[citation needed] The two Masonic organisations are under the Danish Order of Freemasons and its management.[1]

The headquarters of the Danish Order of Freemasons are located on "Blegdamsvej" street in Copenhagen's "Østerbro" district, Denmark. The building was designed by Danish architect and Freemason Holger Rasmussen and was built between 1 May 1923 and 12 October 1927. The cornerstone was laid on 3 June 1924 by Danish King Christian X, who was himself a Freemason. The building has 13,515 square metres of floor space and approximately 335 rooms. It is 19.5 metres tall and has six main floors, two of which are below ground. The two columns by the main entrance are 16 metres tall and weigh 72 tons each.[3] During the later part of the Second World War the building was occupied and was used as headquarters by the Schalburg Corps.

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  1. ^ a b c d e Independent Facebook page about Freemasonry in Denmark: About the Grand Lodge of Denmark or Long Description
  2. ^ The Grand Lodge of Denmark / The Danish Order of Freemasons: History (Danish)
  3. ^ Independent Facebook page about Freemasonry in Denmark: Lodge buildings around the world – The headquarters of the Grand Lodge of Denmark

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