St. Ansgar's Cathedral

Saint Ansgar's Cathedral (Danish: Sankt Ansgars Kirke — Katolsk Domkirke) in Copenhagen, Denmark is the principal church of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Copenhagen, which encompasses all of Denmark, including the Faroe Islands and Greenland. It was consecrated in 1842 and became a cathedral in 1941.[1]

St. Ansgar's Cathedral
DenominationRoman Catholic
Founded1840 (1840)
DedicationSaint Ansgar
Consecrated1 November 1842
Functional statusActive
Architect(s)Gustav Friedrich Hetsch
Architectural typeBasilica
Bishop(s)Czeslaw Kozon


The first Catholic congregations in Denmark after the Protestant reformation were centered on foreign legations. Starting with the one formed by the Spanish diplomat (and poet) Count Bernardino de Rebolledo, who served in Denmark between 1648 and 1659, continuous church registers were kept. From its original location at de Rebolledo's residence on Østergade the chapel moved around between various legation addresses, but in 1764 it settled at the present location on what is now Bredgade. For some time the Austrian legation had been the main supporter of the congregation, and the new chapel was financed by Empress Maria Theresia.

The present day church was designed by the German-born architect Gustav Friedrich Hetsch.[1] Construction began in 1840 and the church was consecrated on All Saints' Day, 1 November 1842. During 1988–1992 the church underwent extensive restoration in collaboration with the National Museum of Denmark under the direction of the architect Vilhelm Wohlert.[2]

The cathedral possesses the skull of St. Lucius,[1] an early pope, which previously had been in Roskilde Cathedral which was originally dedicated to the saint.


  1. Sankt Ansgars Kirke Den Store Danske, retrieved 15 August 2013
  2. "The history of the church". St. Ansgar's Cathedral. Retrieved 7 March 2010.
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