Top of my list of fabulous sights in Copenhagen is the Rundetaarn, located in the Latin Quarter of the city. Built between 1637 and 1642, it combines church, library and the earliest known European astronomy observatory into one building complex.
As stately as the building is, with lovely brickwork and graceful exposed timber beams, the real delight is the Spiral Walk in the tower – a 209 meter long ramp that winds itself 7.5 times around the hollow core of the tower. This construction is unique to Europe, and I pondered if it was to enable the installation of equipment (telescopes) rolling to the top observatory.
The ramp itself is tiled in the direction of the curve, creating a beautiful texture, enhanced by the bounce of natural light off the whitewashed walls onto the stone tiles.