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Thorvaldsen Museum

March 31, 2016

The Thorvaldsen Museum is in the centre of Copenhagen, a quiet, elegant museum with large statues and beautifully painted walls and ceilings. It’s hard to imagine when you’re inside, that there’s a big city rushing around right outside.

It is the oldest public museum in Denmark and was opened in 1848 commemorating the life and works of Danish artist, Bertel Thorvaldsen who’s sculptures can been seen all over the world including the Basilica in Rome, Italy. One of the most famous pieces, Christ and the twelve Apostles can be seen at this museum. They’re certainly breathtaking.The majority of Thorvaldsen’s pieces have strong religious influences whether they originate from Greek or Roman myths or from Catholicism. All the pieces have interesting stories behind them.One of my favourite things about this museum was not the sculptures, but the paintings on the ceilings and walls, the strong colours and the detail that goes into creating each room.I also loved the section with the broken sculptures, as I always do. It’s amusing to me to see a display of mangled stone limbs propped up and well looked after.I would definitely recommend the Thorvaldsen Museum, especially if you’re interested in art or would like a break from the big city to relax.

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