Wonderful Copenhagen

Freemasons hall, CopenhagenFor all the wonderful experiences we’re having being abroad, I miss the Danish Order of Freemasons. I haven’t even been away yet, not really, because they have been dark for the summer. But perhaps it’s just because I know it will be a whole year before I get to work in the beautiful halls at home, and that I’ll be missing a bunch of friends taking their Third, and the instillation of Hafnia’s new Master and so on. But since this blog was supposed to focus on the travels, I’m just using this as a pretext to link to a site on national Danish television, DR2, who did a thorough theme on freemasonry in Denmark. One of the accompagnying site’s main features is a tour of Freemasons Hall in Copenhagen.

Go to the site, and click on the arrow in the picture to enter the hall through the pillars. On the right hand side is a 3D map of the hall, and each of the dots can be clicked. You can also pan around and see some more photos (and clips, but only in Danish). Here is a brief overview, Danish words in italics.

Stuen/Ground floor

  • Entrance

1. sal/First floor

  • left: First degree, built to resemble a temple, alluding to King Solomon
  • center: wardrobe, 3,500 lockers
  • right: Second degree, notice the ceiling

2. sal/Second floor (starting bottom right, moving clockwise)

  • Boardroom, home of the Supreme Council
  • Oval room, with painting of past GMs, a few Kings amongst them
  • Grand Master’s office, cubic shape
  • Grand hall, with GM’s chair
  • Grand hall, seating; the hall is sometimes used for public events
  • “Armiger” hall, with shields of Brethren of VIII° or higher
  • Top of staircase

A bit of trivia from the site

  • The construction was begun in 1923 and the building consecrated in 1927
  • The foundation stone was laid by the GM, HRH King Christian X in 1924
  • There are approximately 335 rooms
  • Six floors, two mezzanines and two basements
  • The building is 20 meter tall, and 7 meter deep
  • The two pillars on the facade are 16 meters tall and each weigh 72 tons
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