Bishop Absalon Frieze inside City Hall in Copenhagen, Denmark - Encircle Photos

32 Bishop Absalon Frieze inside City Hall in Copenhagen, Denmark

In the center of this frieze above the City Hall entrance is a painting of Absalon. He was the Bishop of Roskilde (1158-1192) and the Archbishop of Lund (1178-1201). The bishop had a strong relationship with King Valdemar I of Denmark and was a powerful influence in expanding the church during the 12th century. In 1167, Absalon built a castle in Havn (Harbour). That location evolved into today’s Copenhagen, making him the father of the city. The motto beneath his image reads “Saa er by som borger.” The translation is “A city epitomizes its people.”

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Rådhuspladsen 1, 1599 København, Denmark

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