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Gammeltorv, Copenhagen

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Gammeltorv (Old Market) is the oldest square in Copenhagen, Denmark. With adjoining Nytorv it forms a common space along the Strøget pedestrian zone. While the square dates back to the foundation of the city in the 12th century, most of its buildings were constructed after the Great Fire of 1795 in Neoclassical style. Another dominating feature is the Caritas Well, a Renaissance fountain erected by King Christian IV in 1610.

Historically, Gammeltorv has been the focal point of Copenhagen's judicial and political life as well as one of its two principal marketplaces. Several former city halls have been located on the square or in its immediate vicinity. Surprisingly, its name is not a reference to adjoining Nytorv but to the slightly younger Amagertorv, Copenhagen's other major market in early times.
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  • This square is the oldest square in Copenhagen. You find here "House of Amber" and some small restaurants. There is also the dominating feature The Caritas Well (from 1608) that is the oldest well in....  more »
  • When strolling the Strøget, be sure to stop to admire The Caritas Well (Danish: Caritasbrønden), also known as the Caritas Fountain. It is the oldest fountain in Copenhagen built in 1608 by Christian....  more »

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