Our Danish Neighbors


Danish flag

The picture on the left was taken out of the fourth floor window of our apartment. It's looking at the Danish flag in the tiny courtyard of the Danish Embassy, which is across the street from us. The yellow building you also see is the pre-school that was remodeled over the summer. 

Notice the sharp corner

The courtyard in the foreground belongs to the Danish Embassy. The plants and flowers surrounding the tiny space shield the staff from onlookers when they are outside eating their lunches during the summer. 

The embassy is a small oddly-shaped building. Since it was built in 1901, it has a bit of the Art Nouveau style with flourishes in the architecture. It fits on this small bit of land near the Anglican Church which accounts for the very narrow structure. 

Front door with embassy symbol

Danish symbol
There is a symbol of Denmark next to the door that faces our street-Anglikanu. That was the clue that tipped us off to being an embassy when we first moved into our flat. We often see large black important-looking cars parked in front of the door. 

Front of the embassy

From the frontal view of the building, you can see some of the ornamentation in the architecture. The architect Wilhelm Bockslaff wanted to have a bit of the medieval feel to the building because of the nearness of the Anglican Church. The balcony and turret certainly lend the medieval spirit to it. 

Our view of the embassy 

From the door of our building, we see the courtyard and back of the embassy building. We've never been inside it, but it appears that the building can be only one room wide from this side. I must admit it's very unique.

There are streets or an alley on three sides of the embassy, so it's the only building on the block. I'm happy about that when I'm walking home with arms full of heavy groceries. That last block before our house is the shortest one in the city. 

Information taken from Embassy building


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