buildings and mansions
the square is a busy site with many historic buildings
around it - and every year for centuries - students
have celebrated their graduation here - by dancing together
in a ring around the royal equestrian statue.
The historic buildings around the square comprise:
The "Charlottenborg Mansion"
from 1672 - and the oldest building
on the square - built in Baroque style. At the back
of the mansion was the first Botanic Gardens
from 1778 located.
The "Thotts Palace"
built in Baroque style - and the next eldest building
from 1683. Today housing the French
The "Harsdoffske Mansion"
(Det Harsdoffske Palæ) from 1748
- and once Eigtveds Mansion (leading
court architect Nicolai Eigtved)
was in 1898 - the headquarters
for the Foreign Ministry until 1923.