Hellerup

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Hellerup Church.
Tuborg Harbour.
The Rotunda in Hellerup,

Hellerup (Danish pronunciation: [ˈhɛlˀəʀob̥]) is a Danish town of Region Hovedstaden, located in the Gentofte Municipality in Denmark. It is bordered to the east by the sound Øresund and to the South by Copenhagen and counted among the most wealthy areas in Denmark.

It was Counselor Johan David Heller who came to put his name on the area when in 1748 he bought the farm like Lokkerup and rechristened it Hellerup Farm and parceled it out into 38 hectares. Today only Øregård remains similar to the original farms, but several of their names live on in street names.

Geography[edit]

Hellerup was included in the old Hovedstaden (The Capital) which until 1970 was a larger area than Copenhagen Municipality (even Frederiksberg included). The area was build up in the 1870's to 1890's and the area was included in the tram net of Copenhagen. Hellerup isn't the centre of the city, but neither a typical suburb. Quite a lot of old 5-6 floor buildings exists along Strandvejen, the main street of the area. Here is also found old large villas on the side streets. Hellerup is located in the eastern part of Gentofte Municipality which in return is a part of Metropolitan Copenhagen situated in the northern part of Copenhagen the Danish capital, along the shores of Øresund.

Culture[edit]

Noteworthy and critically acclaimed actress Stine Fischer Christensen, star of such films as After the Wedding, 'Cracks in the Shell' and 'Culling Hens' was born here in 1985

History[edit]

Unlike other towns in the Gentofte Municipality, such as Gentofte, Ordrup, and Jægersborg Hellerup is not marked by old urbanization, but rather by fairly recent construction from the latter half of the 1800s. Prior to that time it was largely composed of farms and grazing land, similar to other towns on Zealand, such as Øregård.

Present day[edit]

Notable sites in Hellerup include "Store og Lille Tuborg", which later lent the name to the Tuborg breweries that opened on the site and operated until the merger of the companies brewing operations with Carlsberg. As of 1996, it has been a residential area with numerous apartments overlooking the harbour. The site is also home to the headquarters of several Danish and international companies, among them Saxo Bank.

Hellerup is home to the science center Experimentarium. In October 2009, Crown Princess Mary visited Experimentarium to open an exhibition on the human brain.

The coast road, Strandvejen, runs through the main thoroughfare of the town and is home to numerous shops and boutiques. Other features of Strandvejen are the beach at Charlottenlund Strandpark and Charlottenlund Slot. Hellerup also has two churches, one built in 1900 and the other in 1959.

The ASA Film studio, founded in 1936, was based in Hellerup and produced some of the most notable films in Denmark.

Øregård Gymnasium was founded in 1903 as Plock Ross School. In 1919 Gentofte municipality took over the school, which was renamed Øregård Gymnasium. In 1924, the school moved into a new main building designed by architects GB Hagen and Edward Thomsen.[1]

Foreign relations[edit]

Danish-Bhutanese Friendship Association.[2]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Tidsbilleder 1903-2003 by Helle Askgaard and Kamma Haugan
  2. ^ Friendship Associations Ministry of Foreign Affairs Royal Government of Bhutan

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 55°44′0″N 12°34′0″E / 55.73333°N 12.56667°E / 55.73333; 12.56667