Garrison Church, Copenhagen

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Garrison Church
Garnisons Kirke
Garnisons Kirke Copenhagen.jpg
DenominationChurch of Denmark
WebsiteChurch website
Founded18th century
Founder(s)Frederick IV of Denmark
Consecrated24 March 1706
Functional statusParish Church
Bishop(s)Peter Skov-Jakobsen
Vicar(s)Claus Oldenburg
Organist(s)Hans F. Westenholz

The Garrison Church is a church at Sankt Annæ Plads in Copenhagen, Denmark.


Illustration from Pontopidan's Danish Atlas from 1767

In the 17th century, Copenhagen had become home to a sizeable garrison. A military church was built at Kastellet in 1670, but its modest size only allowed it to serve the personnel at the fortress. The rest of the troops in the city had to use Church of Holmen, a former anchor forge which had been converted into a naval church in 1619.[1]

When Sophie Amalienborg burned down in 1689, its chapel survived the flames and was subsequently put at the disposal of the Army. However, the small building which had been built for members of the royal court only served as a temporary solution. Christian V therefore provided a tract of land at Dronningens Tværgade for the construction of a new church for the Army and military engineer Georg Philip Müller completed a set of renderings in 1697. When Frederick IV ascended the throne in 1699, he moved the project to a site in the southernmost section of Sophie Amalienborg's former gardens. Construction began in 1703, still to Müller's design but under the supervision of Domenico Pelli. The following year it was decided to build the church to a larger and somewhat modified design and the project was taken over by General Master Builder Wilhelm Friedrich von Platen. The church was inaugurated on 24 March 1706.

Monuments and memorials[edit]


Image Title / individual commemorated Sculptor Installed Reference
Carl Wilder memorial - Garnisons Kirke - Copenhagen - DSC07811.JPG Carl Wilder Memrrial
Christian Frederik Brorson memorial - Garnisons Kirke - Copenhagen - DSC07798.JPG Christian Frederik Brorson Memorial
Friderich Giesemann memorial - Garnisons Kirke - Copenhagen - DSC07796.JPG Friderich Giesemann
Georg Christopher v. Styrup - Garnisons Kirke - Copenhagen - DSC07791.JPG Georg Christopher vib Styrup
Heinrich Ludwig von Schimmelmann - Garnisons Kirke - Copenhagen - DSC07792.JPG Heinrich Ludwig von Schimmelmann Memorial
Indecipherable memorial - Garnisons Kirke - Copenhagen - DSC07795.JPG Indecipherable memorial
J.Th. Lundbye plaque at Garnisons Kirke.JPG J.Th. Lundbye Memorial
Jörgen Valentin Sonne memorial - Garnisons Kirke - Copenhagen - DSC07810.JPG Jörgen Valentin Sonne Memorial
Mathias Pedersen Nostrup memorial - Garnisons Kirke - Copenhagen - DSC07797.JPG Mathias Pedersen Nostrup Memorial
Olfert Ricard memorial - Garnisons Kirke - Copenhagen - DSC07793.JPG Olfert Ricard Memorial
Christian August Lorentzen memorial - Garnisons Kirke - Copenhagen - DSC07794.JPG Christian August Lorentzen Memorial
Christoffer Wilhelm Eckersberg plaque at Garnisons Kirke.JPG Christoffer Wilhelm Eckersberg
En af de mange 1.JPG One Of The Many Ausa Hofman-Bang



  1. ^ "Garnisons Kirke" (in Danish). Gyldendal. Retrieved 2010-01-04.

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Coordinates: 55°40′54″N 12°35′22″E / 55.6818°N 12.5894°E / 55.6818; 12.5894