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Sunday, June 25, 2017

7 Jun 2017 - Copenhagen Day 2: Looking for The Little Mermaid

After taking a short rest at the Marble Church, we proceeded with our long walk to the Little Mermaid Statue.  Along the way we passed by Alexander Nevsky Church, which is the only Russian Orthodox church in Copenhagen.  It was built by the Russian Government between 1881 and 1883. The exterior of the church is dominated by the three onion domes which top the gable facing the street.
Walking further down the street, we passed by a replica statue of David.  When Javier saw it, he screamed and quickly covered his eyes!  :-P
We then arrived at Gefion Fountain, which is a bronze fountain completed in 1908, depicting Norse goddess Gefion plowing the sea with 4 oxen.
Beside the fountain is St Alban's Church, a traditional English Anglican church consecrated in 1887 with a spire and stained glass windows.
Finally we reached the shore where the famous Little Mermaid is situated.
The Little Mermaid (Den lille Havfrue) is a bronze statue by Edvard Eriksen, depicting a mermaid. The sculpture is displayed on a rock by the waterside at the Langelinie promenade. Based on the fairy tale of the same name by Danish author Hans Christian Andersen, the small and unimposing statue is a Copenhagen icon and has been a major tourist attraction since 1913. In recent decades it has become a popular target for defacement by vandals and political activists. We were told by the guide on the Canal Cruise yesterday that just a week before we visited, the poor Little Mermaid was splashed with red paint by vandals.
As there were too many people crowded around the sculpture, we took a wefie with it at a distance.

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