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Address: Gammeltorv 2, Copenhagen 1457, Denmark

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Oldest fountain in Copenhagen

The Caritas fountain,put up in 1606 used to supply people with fresh water.On the Queen's birthday you can see Golden Apples plat on its jets.The fountain stands on the Oldest... read more

Reviewed 30 August 2016
Birte L
Kongens Lyngby, Denmark
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Tel Aviv, Israel
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Reviewed 25 March 2017

Dating back to the early 17th century, this is one of the city's oldest (if not THE oldest) fountains. It is anything but impressive, but still - its gilded decorations are lovely.

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Kongens Lyngby, Denmark
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Reviewed 30 August 2016 via mobile

The Caritas fountain,put up in 1606 used to supply people with fresh water.On the Queen's birthday you can see Golden Apples plat on its jets.The fountain stands on the Oldest Square Gammeltorv next to the shopping street Strøget

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Reviewed 7 July 2016

Located in Gammeltorv Square, the oldest square in the Copenhagen, this gilded fountain is dedicated to Charity. Actually this is the second fountain dedicated to this virtue, after a first one which was intended to remind those who witnessed the public executions carried out in the square to be more compassionate towards those who were facing their death sentence instead... More 

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Derby, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 27 June 2016

This is said to be Copenhagen's oldest fountain, dating from 1608. It is quite delightful with some lovely bronze figures around it. It makes a very good meeting place for the locals.

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Bridgewater, New Jersey
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Reviewed 21 June 2016

It’s Copenhagen’s oldest fountain built in 1608 by Christian IV in Gammeltorv (“Old Square”). If you trace the water flow, you will be amused by where the water comes out from, pay attention to both the top woman/charity figure and the boy. It's one of a kind.

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Luton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 6 January 2016

Caritas Fountain is the oldest fountain in Copenhagen and is situated in Gammeltorv, a charismatic square along Strøget. The fountain was a gift from King Christian IV to the citizens of Copenhagen, it was originally located in neighbouring Nytorv and was repositioned in Gammeltorv in 1608. Worth a look whilst in the area.

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Windsor, Canada
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Reviewed 4 August 2015

This fountain comes in the same package as you stroll down the Storget (walking street). It is fabulous and is very well decorated. Once it appears it will catch your sigh at once. Nice landmark for meeting and taking pictures.

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Reviewed 29 July 2015

In an attractive square, generally in out of the shade, this another good sight and photo while touring Copenhagen. Has a nice history, which you get on one of the walking tours. Only a block from Town Hall and near the long shopping street, so easy to find. Nice place to take a break, often buskers nearby.

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Budapest, Hungary
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Reviewed 21 July 2015

If you walk at Storget you can't miss this very nice fountain. The mother and her child as statues on the fountain are work from German sculpture. Step by and enjoy the whole square.

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Reviewed 28 May 2015

Caritas (charity) fountain is in the Gammiltov (old) square, this would have been the bustling market center in 1600s. Christian IV had the fountain built as a public water source. On the top is a figure of "Charity". Some people say this was to show the public how charitable Christian IV was. At any rate the statue on top is... More 

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