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Thor Statue in Copenhagen

In Attractions, Denmark by Skjalden

On top of the main facade of Carlsberg Brewhouse in Copenhagen is the sculpture by Carl Bonnesen (1868-1933) located. The Thor statue has been standing here looking out over the rooftops in Copenhagen since it was erected in 1901.

The sculpture is called Thor’s battle against the Jötnar (Giants), and it was originally a part of a competition to be featured at Langelinie, which was won by Anders Bundgaard, who made the Gefion Fountain.

The statue is 4 meters high and 4.5 meters wide, the reason why it has that pretty greenish color is because it is made from bronze. When bronze is exposed to the air it will oxidize the outer layer, which is harmless.

To the locals this statue is well-known, but many visitors have no clue that it even exists. It depicts the Norse god Thor riding in his chariot pulled by his two goats, Tanngrisnir and Tanngnjóstr.

The wheels and the chariot itself are decorated with the swastika cross, an ancient symbol that dates back many thousands of years in both Europe and Asia. The symbol is left-facing, unlike the symbol that was used by the Nazis which was right-facing.

The symbol was part of Carlsberg’s logo until the 1930s, where they removed it for obvious reasons. The swastika cross can also be seen on the huge elephants near the gate to the Brewery.

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  • Address: Carlsberg Breweries A/S
  • J.C. Jacobsens Gade 1
  • 1799 Copenhagen V.
  • Denmark