|Rundetårn (former spelling: Rundetaarn, lit. [The] Round Tower) is a 17th century tower located in Copenhagen, Denmark. The tower is part of the Trinitatis complex, which was built to provide the scholars of the time with an astronomical observatory, a student church and a university library.
Rundetårn was built upon request from King Christian IV and designed by architect Hans Steenwinckel the Younger. The foundation stone was laid on July 7, 1637, and the tower was finished in 1642. The Trinitatis church was not finished until 1656, and the library not until 1657. The observatory (which is the oldest functioning observatory in Europe) and the library were used by the University of Copenhagen until 1861. Astronomers having used the observatory include Ole Rømer (1644-1710) and Peder Horrebow (1679-1764). Back when it was first built, it was for the students who lived in little dormitories to study in the observatory and the library.
Instead of stairs, a unique 7.5-turn helical corridor leads to the top of the tower, 34.8 m over street level, where the observatory and a minor planetarium is located. The corridor also provides access to the church and the library. This design was necessary to allow a horse and carriage to access the library, moving books in and out. Czar Peter the Great of Russia ascended the corridor on horseback while visiting Copenhagen in 1716, and in 1902, a Beaufort car was the first motorised vehicle to ascend this tower.
Round Tower in Solvang is a pizza restaurant owned by dane Poul Hanberg.
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