St. Paul's Church, Copenhagen

St. Paul's Church (Danish: Sankt Pauls Kirke) is a Lutheran church in central Copenhagen, Denmark, also colloquially known as Nyboder's Church due to its location in the middle of the Nyboder area. It was designed by Johannes Emil Gnudtzmann and constructed from 1872 to 1877.

St. Paul's Church
St. Paul's Church seen from the top of Frederik's Church
55°41′15″N 12°35′15″E
LocationCity centre, Copenhagen
DenominationChurch of Denmark
Architect(s)Johannes Emil Gnudtzmann
Architectural typeChurch
Completed15 February 1877
ArchdioceseDiocese of Copenhagen


The church is part of a wave of church constructions which took place in Copenhagen in the 1870s to provide capacity for the city's growing population. Unlike the other new churches St. Stephen's and St. James' in Østerbro and St. Mathew's in Vesterbro St. Paul's was not built in one of the emerging districts outside the city's old fortifications which had just been decommissioned. Johannes Emil Gnudtzmann was charged with the design of the new church, his first independent work as an architect, and it opened on 15 February 1877.[1]


The church is built in red brick and the masonry is decorated with blinds, arches, columns and pinnacles on all corners.[2]


The church's first altarpiece was a painting by Hendrick Krock entitled The Eucharist (Danish: Nadveren). In 1887 it was replaced by a gilded crucifix created by the sculptor Jens Adolf Jerichau, a donation from pastor Christian Møller.[2]

St. Paul's Square

The space surrounding the church is called Sankt Pauls Plads (St. Paul's Square). On the southeast side of the church (even numbers) are some of the so'called Grey Tows of the Nyboder development. They were designed by Olaf Schmidth and are younger than the more well-known terraces of the neighbourhood. On the other side of the church street (even numbers) are a row of apartment buildings from the 1870s. To the rear of the church is the former Gernersgade Barracks, now Bygningskulturens Hus. Two of Nyboder's Yellow Rows flank Adelgade in front of the church.[3]

See also


  1. "1877". Selskabet for Københavns Historie. Retrieved 2011-02-15.
  2. "Skt. Pals Kirke". Holmens Provsti. Archived from the original on 2011-07-19. Retrieved 2011-02-14.
  3. "Sankt Pauls Plads" (in Danish). Retrieved 2013-11-28.
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