The Vesterbro obelisk
The Liberty Memorial Monument was erected to mark that adscription, a form of serfdom, was gradually abolished from 1788 to 1800. Completed in 1797, the monument comprises a 20-metre obelisk made of blocks of red sandstone from the Danish island of Bornholm with…
The Liberty Memorial Monument moves aside
The Liberty Memorial Monument was erected on a roundabout on the busy road leading to Vesterport, the western gateway into Copenhagen. The monument, surrounded by trees, was passed by farmers from local villages and butchers from Vesterbro with their wagons piled high with goods bound for market. However, in 1904 the state passed a law to improve the Copenhagen railway network by building a brand new central station and excavating new tracks. Sadly, the Liberty Memorial Monument and its old roundabout stood right in the path of progress. So after a heated debate, it was dismantled and re-erected 5.3 metres farther in towards City Hall Square on the new railway bridge – though without the beautiful trees and roundabout.
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