Hans Christian Andersen - Final Resting Place

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Hans Christian Andersen - Final Resting Place in Copenhagen 
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Hans Christian Andersen
Final Resting Place in Copenhagen
Hans Christian Andersen
(2 April 1805 to 4 August 1875)

The famous Danish fairy tale writer Hans Christian Andersen's final resting place is in Assistens Cemetery in Copenhagen at section P no. 32.

After several years of serious illness - Hans Christian Andersen died in his home in Rolighed on August 4 - 1875.

Hans Christian Andersen is buried at Assistens Cemetery (Assistens Kirkegård) in Copenhagen in a burial plot he originally shared with his friend - Edvard Collin - and Collin's wife, Henriette.

Around 1920 - when certain public criticisms arose concerning the Collin's treatment of their "adopted son" - H. C. Andersen - a descendant of the Collin family had Edvard and Henriette's tombstone moved to the family plot at Frederik's Cemetery so that Andersen's tombstone now stands alone.
 
Hans Christian Andersen's sepulchral monument at Assistens Cemetery.
 
Portrait of H. C. Andersen who wrote more than 190 stories and fairy tales.
 
Sign at the Cemetery will guide you directly to H C Andersen's grave.
 
H C Andersen's funeral was held at the Cathedral of Our Lady in Copenhagen 1875.
 
 

Funeral - 1875

Hans Christian Andersen's funeral was held at the Cathedral of Our Lady in Copenhagen on August 11 -1875. Many people and celebrities participated - including King Christian 9. and prince Frederik 8. - which also was formed as a national day of mourning.

Copenhagen Cathedral
The Cathedral of Copenhagen was consecrated in 1829. The foundation stone was laid by King Frederik VI in 1817, and on Whitsun Day 1829, the church was ready for its solemn consecration. The site has housed a church since 1209.

Copenhagen Cathedral

 
Visiting Hans Christian Andersen's grave
It takes only 14 min. by bus 5A from the Town Hall Square to Assistens Cemetery in Copenhagen.
 
Brief Biography about Hans Christian Andersen

190 Story tales

Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tales and stories (about 190 - are written between 1835-1872) - and are addressed to both adults and children. The stories are stylistically and thematically deeply original. In addition he wrote novels - travel accounts (he spent a large part of his life travelling abroad) - poems and works for the theatre (including libretti for operas and ballad operas).


Poetry - fantasy tale and everyday reality

Although Andersen's work has its roots in Romanticism - he is a modern spirit - thanks to his social experience - his psychological insight - his belief in progress - and influence of the industrial development. The special quality in his fairy tales is also precisely the combination of poetry - fantasy tale and everyday reality.


 

Latest photo taken in 1875 of Hans Christian Andersen.
 

The legacy of H.C. andersen

Thanks to his fairy tales and stories - Hans Christian Andersen, is probably the most widely read author in the world today - but even in his own time he was read and known from Russia in the east to America in the west.

His Career
His career from the lowest stratum of society in his native town of Odense in Funen via his problematic adaptation to the official and bourgeois circles in Copenhagen and further still until he became a familiar guest in the country mansions of Denmark - the palaces of kings and princes and the entire cultural stage of Europe provided him with material for many of his works and for no fewer than three autobiographies -the final version being "Mit Livs Eventyr" in 1855. (The Fairy Tale of My Life)

Complex personality
Modern editions of his correspondence and diaries have produced an unusually comprehensive insight into his life and his complex personality.

One will find numerous literatures in any library of this gifted Dane.

 
To be continued!

 

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