The Funen Opera is an opera company which performs in the theatre located on Filosofgangen 19 in Odense, Denmark. It opened in 1948 with a presentation of La Bohème. It was re-established in 1996 by Lars Waage who served as director until 2007. The main focus of Funen Opera is to opera and music to the local audience. Located in the middle of Denmark, most of those in the audience are Danish, as a result, emphasis has been given to presenting works in Danish. Funen Opera has commissioned many works and invited many new and upcoming Danish artists. The main supporter of Den Fynske Opera is Odense Municipality
Odense University Hospital
Odense University Hospital is the largest and most specialized hospital in Southern Denmark. In terms of beds it is the largest hospital unit in the whole country, OUH is both Odenses and Funens largest single workplace. It has a budget of just under 3,5 billion DKK and employs 7.700 staff. Of these,1.300 are medical doctors, until 2007 the hospital was operated by Funen county, but due to governmental restructuring, it has since been driven by the Region of Southern Denmark. In addition to reading Driver, OUH has a research activity. The hospital tower block, listed in 1960, is 57 metres high, has 15 floors and is Odenses tallest building, Hospital Pharmacy Fyn is located at the university hospital. From the university hospital area there is a walkway to the Odense Sygehus Station operated by Svendborgbanen and this concerns Svendborg Hospital, Dagklinik Faaborg, Hospital Unit Nyborg, Hospital Unit Ringe and Hospital Unit Aero. The Region of Southern Denmark in 2007 published plans to build a new teaching hospital near the University of Southern Denmark in the south of Odense.
The new hospital will be one of the most modern and advanced hospitals in northern Europe,75.000 hospitalized patients, which together spend about 340,000 bed days per year Approx. 55.000 emergency room visits per year 1225 Odense University Hospitals website
Odense City Hall
Odense City Hall houses the administrative offices of Odense Municipality in the city of Odense on the Danish island of Funen. Todays building was designed by Johan Daniel Herholdt and Carl Lendorf in the Historicist style, completed in 1885, tts red masonry bears sandstone decorations, stepped gables and a saw-tooth course. It stands on the site of a building from 1480. In 1937, Bent Helveg-Møller won the competition for the buildings enlargement, the tower over the main entrance was torn down in 1942 but was not rebuilt. As work was delayed during the war, the extension was not completed until 1955
Odense Teater is a theater in the city of Odense in Denmark. It can be dated back to 1796 and is therefore Denmarks second oldest theater and it is one of the countrys three main theaters. The theater is located in Jernbanegade where it has three stages, Store Scene, Værkstedet and Foyerscenen and it has stages at Farinen and Raffinaderiet in the old sugar factory of Odense, where there is a drama school. Odense Teater used to be at Sortebrødre Torv, where Hans Christian Andersen started as a writer and it is notable in theatrical history for staging the première of Henrik Ibsens first contemporary realist drama The Pillars of Society on 14 November 1877. Since 1914, the theater has been in Jernbanegade along with the Kings Gardens and the Funens Art Museum
Odense Station is the main railway station serving the city of Odense, Denmark. Situated as a station on the Copenhagen–Fredericia/Taulov line, it is the terminus of the Svendborgbanen railway line between Odense and Svendborg. The first station in Odense, now demolished, opened in 1865 as the line across the island of Funen was completed. The current station building opened in 1995, the current station building is Odenses third, having opened on 15 September 1995. The first one, now demolished, opened in 1865 with the rest of the line across Funen. The Danish Railway Museum is located in the roundhouse immediately north of Odense station
Odense Zoo is a zoological garden in Odense, Denmark. At the time of its opening in 1930, the zoo had two apes, a peacock, a deer, a mule and guinea pigs, the zoo has animals from all over the world, approx. In 2001, Odense Zoo inaugurated a DKK60 million Oceanium featuring South American animal life, in 2008, Odense Zoo was Funens most popular tourist attraction and number 9 in Denmark, and in 2013 it received the Best in Europe award in its category. The visitor record was set in the first year of the Oceanium when the zoo received 439,533 visitors. 2008,430,3632007,420,2542006,378,3732005,433,7952004,410,5252003,417,3702002,390,0002001,439,5332000,310,0001999,335,000 Odensezoo. dk, official site
St. Canute's Cathedral
St. Canutes Cathedral, known as Odense Cathedral, is named after the Danish king Canute the Saint, otherwise Canute IV. It is an example of Brick Gothic architecture. The churchs most visited section is the crypt where the remains of Canute, St. Canutes Church in one form or another has stood on Abbey Hill in Odense for over 900 years. Odense was established as the seat of the Bishop of Odense before 988 under the supervision of the Bishop of Schleswig, the diocese included the southern Baltic islands of Denmark. The earliest bishops names have not been recorded, Odense passed to the jurisdiction of Roskilde in 1072 for a short period of time before falling to the Archdiocese of Lund. The earliest known church on the present location was a church which was reported under construction by Aelnoth of Canterbury. The foundations of the church can still be seen in the crypt of the present building. The church was built in Romanesque style with arches supporting a flat timber ceiling. The travertine church was built specifically to house the remains of King Canute.
Canute IV of Denmark, the son of King Sven Estridsen, was born about 1040, in 1075 he accompanied the Danish fleet on the last great Viking raid of that age. It is suggested that he stole relics of Saint Alban from Ely, Canute reigned at a difficult time in Danish history. The idea of a strengthened monarchy did not sit well with the feudal landowners. After the death of his brother, the national assembly met on Zealand to proclaim Canute king of Denmark. Soon after, he ordered the people of Halland to supply him with horses and wagons to transport himself, the assembly met to discuss the kings request. The people decided that the request was not lawful according to the ancient customs, Canute was enraged by what he heard. After hasty consultations the Hallanders supplied the required equipment, Canute did the same in Scania. At the assembly he required men and supplies to build the new cathedral at Lund, when the assembly baulked, Canute swore he would forbid them to fish in the Øresund. Likewise they too acceded to the kings request, Canute was a devout Christian and believed that a strong central church in Denmark would give him more power
Odense is the third-largest city in Denmark. It has a population of 175,245 as of January 2016, by road, Odense is located 45 kilometres north of Svendborg,144 kilometres to the south of Aarhus and 167 kilometres to the southwest of Copenhagen. Odense has close associations with Hans Christian Andersen who is remembered above all for his fairy tales and he was born in the city in 1805 and spent his childhood years there. There has been settlement in the Odense area for over 4,000 years, although the name was not mentioned in writing until 988. Canute IV of Denmark, generally considered to be the last Viking king, was murdered by peasants in Odenses St Albans Priory on 10 July 1086. Although the city was burned in 1249 following a royal rivalry, in 1865, one of the largest railway terminals in Denmark was built, further increasing the population and commerce, and by 1900, Odense had reached a population of 35,000. Odenses Odinstårnet was one of the tallest towers in Europe when built in 1935 but was destroyed by the Nazis during World War II, the University of Southern Denmark was established in 1966.
In the present day, Odense remains the hub of Funen. Several major industries are located in the city including the Albani Brewery and GASA, Denmarks major dealer in vegetables and flowers. In sports, Odense has a number of clubs including OB, BM, B1909, and B1913, the Odense Bulldogs professional ice hockey team. Odense is served by Hans Christian Andersen Airport and Odense station, Odense is one of Denmarks oldest cities. Archaeological excavations in the vicinity show proof of settlement for over 4,000 years since at least the Stone Age, the earliest community was centred on the higher ground between the Odense River to the south and Naesbyhoved Lake to the north. Nonnebakken, one of Denmarks former Viking ring fortresses, lay to the south of the river, Odenses Møntergården Museum has many artefacts related to the early Viking history in the Odense area. The Vikings built numerous fortifications along the banks to defend it against invaders coming in from the coast. The first church in Odense appears to have been St Marys, the territory, previously part of the vast Archbishopric of Hamburg, was created a Catholic diocese in 988.
The first recorded bishops of Odense were Odinkar Hvide and Reginbert, recent excavations have shown that from the early 11th century, the town developed in the area around Albani Torv, Fisketorvet and Vestergade. By 1070, Odense had already grown into a city of stature in Denmark, the priory no longer exists, although a church has been situated on the site since about 900. At the beginning of the 12th century, Benedictine monks from England founded St Canutes Abbey and it was here the English monk Ælnoth wrote Denmarks first literary work, Vita et Passio S. Canuti
Odense Steel Shipyard
Odense Steel Shipyard was a Danish shipbuilding company located in Odense. It was best known for building ships for its parent group, A. P. Moller – Maersk Group. The global financial crisis led to Maersk announcing its closure in 2009, the first yard was opened in 1918–1919 by the A. P. Møller company. A new yard with bigger and better facilities was constructed 1957–1959 on a new site located in Munkebo a few kilometres outside Odense proper. Odense Steel Shipyard was the largest yard within the Odense Steel Shipyard Group, the yard was known for designing and building innovative vessels that applied the newest technology in design and equipment. Since 1996 the Yard built some of the worlds largest container ships, including the Mærsk E-class with a capacity of 15,550 TEU. However, Maersk chose Daewoo to build its latest and largest design, because of the innovative products developed at Odense Steel Shipyard Ltd. the company was widely recognized as an influential voice in the shipbuilding community.
The original shipyard remained in operation until 1966, when all operations were transferred to the new site, unlike the modern shipyard, the old yard produced civilian and merchant vessels only. Its first completed ship was cargo steamship Robert Mærsk, completed in 1920 and its last production was Yard No. 177, the bulk carrier Laura Mærsk, the new shipyard originally had two building docks, No. I and II, allowing the construction of tankers of up to 100,000 tonnes deadweight, the yard was enlarged in 1967 to include a new very large building dock, No. III, and an 800-ton,95 metre tall,148.5 metre span gantry crane, the largest construction planned on the yard was two 500,000 DWT tankers, but this order was cancelled. From the 1960s until 1977, the only constructed oil tankers as well as bulk carriers. The first RO-RO ship was built in 1979, and the first container ship in 1980, in December 1992, the yard completed the worlds first 300,000 DWT double-hull tanker. In January 1996 they delivered its first Post-Panamax container ship, on 3 December 1999 the gantry crane collapsed after a hurricane in the building dock and damaged the ship No.170 Cornelius Mærsk, which was nonetheless was repaired and delivered two months later.
MAN Takraf of Leipzig, delivered a new 1,000 ton,110 metre tall gantry crane in April 2001, the last newbuild from Lindø was No.714 Niels Juel, a frigate for the Royal Danish Navy, which was delivered in January 2012. After the closure of the yard in 2012, the site has been transformed to a park housing a large number of companies within the offshore sector. Most companies work with production and discharge of large components for offshore and heavy industries
St. Alban's Church, Odense
St. Albans Church is the Roman Catholic parish church of Odense, Denmark. It should not be confused with the church of St. Albans Priory where King Canute IV was murdered in 1086. The medieval St. Albans Priory was located at Albani Torv roughly halfway between St. Canutes Cathedral and St. Albans Church, a modern stone plaque located at the site of the former churchs altar is the only visible remain of this structure. Odenses first Catholic congregation since the Protestant reformation was established in 1867, an additional building was constructed, which housed an all-boys school and homes for the priests. In 1899 the first Redemptorists arrived from Austria and started collecting funds for the building of a permanent church, receiving contributions from Austria. The foundation for the new church was placed on October 21,1906, and on October 25,1908, the building was consecrated and dedicated to Our Lady, Saint Alban. The church was - and remains - a focal point for immigrants, namely Germans and Poles, the structure was designed by German architect L.
Schneider from Breslau. The glass paintings was created by Georg Schneider of Regensburg in Bavaria, the organ was created by the company Gebrüder Rieger, from Jägerndorf in Austrian Silesia, and the altar piece was created in 1908 by Konrad Martiner from Sankt Ulrich in Tyrol