Jarmers Square and Tower - Copenhagen

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Jarmers Tower
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Jarmers Tower - 1526-1529
Jarmers Tower is placed on a island in the middle of the most high-traffic roads in the city.
 

Jarmers Square and Tower

Historic venue in the middle of the Copenhagen
Jarmers Square is located on the last piece of Copenhagen’s former rampart - where the ruins of Jarmers Tower from 1526-1529 - can bee seen and visited. Jarmers Tower is 15 m in diameter and was built in two storeys with a 1.5 m thick red brick wall - and a conical wooden roof. Jarmers Tower is the remains of 11 towers that were joined together as a part of the city’s Middle Age fortification.

Prince Jaromar

The Tower was placed on the city’s most westerly point - where an earlier little wooden tower was standing as a fortress to protect the citizens. Jarmers Tower was built around 1526-1529 as a part of the towns bastion and named after Prince Jaromar of Rügen - Germany - who at this very spot broke through the walls of the city rampart and attacked Copenhagen in 1259 - together with his Wendian army. The tough Wends warriors destroyed the city by burning down most of the houses - after plundering them and ended up with demolishing Bishop Absalon's Castle at “Slotsholmen”.

A Mysterious Name
Why the citizens ever named the tower after a commander of the enemy - who raze and destroyed their town is still a mystery.

 
Jarmers Tower - Lucie Mill and the Town Hall
Jarmers Tower on the former ramparts of the city being levelling out in 1880. The mill in the back is Lucie Mill at the old bastion - where the present Town Hall now is built.
City excavation in 1910
The excavation of the tower and city walls in 1910 was thoroughly inspected and since restored and preserved as a historic ruin and a monument over the medieval period.
 
Preserved as a ruin
In 1880-1885 the rampart area around Jarmers Square was excavated and the moat levelled out in connection with the great exhibition in 1888 - and then later when building the New Town Hall around 1900. Jarmers Tower was then restored and since preserved as a ruin.
 
Jarmers Tower was built in two storeys

Jarmers Tower has a circumference of 15 m. and built around 1529 - in two storeys with a solid brick construction - and walls as thick as 1.5 m. The Tower was a part of Copenhagen’s medieval bastion on the westerly side of the medieval city.
 
A picturesque monument
The ruin of Jarmers Tower on Jarmers Square is the last evident relic of Copenhagen's medieval fortress and stands like a picturesque monument from the past on an island in the middle of the most high-traffic roads in the city.


Location
Jarmers Square is located just a few min of walk from the City Town Hall (Rådhudpladsen) - and alongside H.C. Ørsteds Parken - between Nørreport and Vesterport Stations.
 
Jarmers Square and Tower


Address
Jarmers Tower
Vester Voldgade - H. C. Andersens Boulevard
Copenhagen
- City centre
Jarmers Square and Tower
 




 
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