Risskov

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Risskov Church

Risskov is a district to the city of Aarhus and one of the most affluent areas in Denmark. The name literally means The Forest of Riis (rice), as described on the memorial stone marking the entrance to the area.

Origin of name and history of Riis Skov[edit]

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Risskov derives its name from the forest of Riis Skov. The southern parts of the forest was granted to the city of Aarhus by Margaret I of Denmark as the first, Danish public forest. In 1542, Christian III of Denmark granted the northern part of the forest to Aarhus as well.[1] From early on, the forest was used for leisurely activities, and during the 1800s restaurants, entertainment parks and musical pavilions sprung up in different parts of the small forest. Today the forest is known for its sharp smell of ramson in the spring and its abundance of anemones. It is still a popular destination for families and couples. Supposedly the ramson was brought to Denmark by Spanish soldiers, who then brought it to the forest of Riis Skov in 1808, during the Napoleonic Wars.[2] In October 1951, a meteorite exploded in the atmosphere over Denmark and the largest piece of it, about the size of a clenched fist, was recovered in Riis Skov, where a memorial stone now commemorates the event.

Sights in and around Risskov[edit]

Today Risskov is an affluent suburban area, with many large mansions and detached houses in connectivity with the sandy beaches of Bellevue and Riis Skov in the south.

Notable sights in Risskov include:

  • Riis Skov, the first public forest in Denmark.
  • Bellevue beach.
  • Åkrogen beach. A sandy beach and recreational nature site, north of Bellevue at Egå Marina.
  • Den Permanente, a public seabath.

The beaches at Risskov, presents a beautiful panoramic view of the bay of Aarhus, with Samsø, Helgenæs and Mols visible on the horizon on clear days.

Risskov in literature[edit]

Risskov has been immortalized in Danish literature in the works of Svend Aage Madsen who himself lives there, and, more recently, in Jens Blendstrup's "Laterna Vagina"[3] and his lyrics for the musical and poetic album "Piksvingeri & negerlege".[4]

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Coordinates: 56°11′N 10°14′E / 56.183°N 10.233°E / 56.183; 10.233