Borchs Kollegium

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Borchs Kollegium
Borchs Kollegium.jpg
General information
Town or city Copenhagen
Country Denmark
Construction started 1724
Completed 1725
Design and construction
Architect Peder Malling

Borchs Kollegium (original Latin name: Collegium Mediceum), situated on Niels Hemmingsens Gade, is one of the oldest dormitories of the University of Copenhagen, Denmark. It was founded in 1691 but its current building, its third, is from 1825.

The Building[edit]

The main entrance

The original house, complete with Borchs library and chemical laboratories was destroyed, along with much of the city in the Great Fire of Copenhagen in 1728. The house was rebuilt using remnants of the old walls, and stood ready three years and 5500 rigsdaler later, in 1731.

The main entrance

Because of Danish foreign policy in the beginning of the 19th century, Copenhagen was the scene of some conflict with the British navy. In the Battle of Copenhagen (1807) British forces decided to prevent Napoleon from getting hold of the Danish fleet. According to the history of Borchs Kollegium (see references) some of students of Borchs Kollegium participated in these skirmishes. Bombardments were especially heavy in the area around Vor Frue Plads and on the third day, September 4, fire broke out in the Kollegium and the building burned to the ground.

The third building – the house that stands today – was built in 1824-25 under supervision of architect Peder Malling. It was inaugurated on May 28, 1825.

Residents[edit]

Many famous people have lived in Borchs Kollegium.[1] Especially noteworthy is Ludvig Holberg - a famous Danish dramatist, essayist and historian. From 1748 to 1754 he was efor – head of the Kollegium. Also the Danish war hero Jens Paludan-Müller, student-resident no. 703, lived in Borchs Kollegium for two years before joining the Second war of Schleswig. He was killed near Sankelmark Lake on February 6, 1864, and a memorial stone in the garden of the Kollegium still commemorates this event. It reads:

Jens
Paludan-Müller
Falden ved
Sankelmark sø
6. februar 1864
--
Indad Fremad Opad
Jens
Paludan-Müller
Fallen near
Sankelmark Lake
6th of February 1864
--
Inward, Forward, Upward

References[edit]

  • Johannes Pedersen: Borchs kollegiums historie 1728-1823. København: Gad 1916.

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 55°40′49.75″N 12°34′27.46″E / 55.6804861°N 12.5742944°E / 55.6804861; 12.5742944