Friday, September 11, 2009

The last tower

In the center of Copenhagen near the City House Square is a ruin of a tower hidden behind a statue. This is Jarmer's Tower, named after a Wend lord named Jaromar of Rügen who raided the city in 1259 and broke through the defenses at this place. The tower was built in the beginning of the 16th Century as part of the defense wall and it was partly covered by dirt when the defenses were renovated in 1607. When the inner defensive wall was demolished in 1884 the tower was uncovered again along with a section of the old wall. The wall was an obstruction to the city gardeners so it was removed and only the ruin of the tower was left standing.