Højbro Plads and the statue of Bishop Absalon looking across to Christiansborg ... the most recent building on the site of his castle
Today Copenhagen celebrates a birthday …
It's 850 years since Bishop Absalon had a castle built just out from the shore, in sheltered water, protected from the wind and the rain from the west by the hill of what is now Fredericksberg and tucked round from the open water of the sound, protected by the low-lying island of Amager …. and the rest - as they say - is history.
The celebrations continue for the next two weeks. The programme is full of information and ten walks planned around the sites and buildings associated with ten figures through the history of the city - from Bishop Absalon to Jan Gehl - and, of course, a full list of all the events.