Old Stock Exchange Building
Neighborhood: Indre By
Nearest Subway Stop: Kongens Nytorv Metro (1592 feet), Christianshavn Metro (1734 feet)
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Børsen (English: The Stock Exchange) is a building on Slotsholmen in central Copenhagen. It was built by Christian IV in 1619–1640 and is the oldest stock exchange in Denmark. It is particularly known for its Dragon Spire, constructed in the shape of the tails of four dragons twined together, and reaching a height of 56 metres.
Christian IV had ambitions to turn Copenhagen into a metropolis, and to strengthen the city's position as a commercial center, he wanted a stock exchange along with the new merchant town Christianshavn he was constructing on the other side of the harbor. He asked Lorentz and Hans van Steenwinckel the Younger to design a building in Dutch Renaissance style, with 40 small stalls on the ground floor and one large room on the upper floor.
The building was restored by Nicolai Eigtved in 1745 and the interior was renovated in 1855. It housed the Danish stockmarket until 1974.
In 1918, unemployed anarchists attacked Børsen, an attack that went to the Danish history books as "stormen på Børsen" ("The Storming of the Stock Exchange").