Amaliehaven – The Amalie Garden

Amaliehaven (English: The Amalie Garden) is a small park located between Amalienborg Palace and the waterfront in central Copenhagen, Denmark.

A relatively new park, it was established in 1983 as a gift from Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller, who for many years led the A.P. Moller – Maersk Group, which was founded by his father.

Amaliehaven is located on a site where there used to be a shipyard established in 1802 by a wealthy ship-owner named Lars Larsen. The shipyard and its large lumberyard were situated right beside Amalienborg Palace and called “Larsen’s Place” since 1821.

The construction of the current park started in 1981 and it was inaugurated in 1983. The garden was designed by the Belgian landscape architect Jean Delogne.

On both sides of the central fountain, the gardens continue on two levels, with shrubs and walls enclosing it from the waterfront on one side and the street on the other.

The garden abounds with different varieties of plants and fragrant flowers whose colours and natural shapes creates a contrast to the geometrical layout of the park.

Japanese cherry trees, blooming in April, plays a particularly distinctive role among the parks vegetation.

The Italian sculptor Arnaldo Pomodoro has created various sculptures for the park, including four large abstract columns and two sun-like water features, which from each their end of the park sprinkle it with jets of water.

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