Sankt Hans Torv

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Sankt Hans Torv

Sankt Hans Torv (lit. "St. John's Market") is a public square in the heart of the Nørrebro district of Copenhagen, Denmark. It is dominated by a large granite sculpture by Jørgen Haugen Sørensen and is known for its thriving café scene. St. John's Church, the largest church in Nørrebro, is located just east of the square.

Nørre Allé and Blegdamsvej are the largest streets extending from the square which is located just off Nørrebrogade, not far from The Lakes.

History[edit]

30 Sankt Hans Torv on the south-east side of the square

The site used to be part of Blegedam Common, one of the commons which used to surround Copenhagen when it was a fortified city. The square was originally a cattle market for the livestock which grazed on Blegedam Common as well as the adjoining Northern and Eastern Commons. It takes its name from St. John's Church which was completed on a site just east of the square in 1861. As the surrounding area was redeveloped into a dense residential neighbourhood and traffic increased, the square was reduced to a large road junction.

Sankt Hans Torv today[edit]

The current square was established in 1993 as part of an urban renewal programme which sought to prompt the ongoing gentrification of the area. It was designed by Sven-Ingvar Andersson and Henrik Pøhlsgaard for City Architect Otto Käszner and completed in 1993. The project concentrated traffic along three sides and created a slightly undulating public space with granite paving.[1]

Sankt Hans Torv panorama

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Sankt Hans Torv". Danish Architecture Centre. Retrieved 2011-01-18. 

Coordinates: 55°41′27″N 12°33′38″E / 55.6908°N 12.5606°E / 55.6908; 12.5606