Little Mermaid


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The smallest, but most recognized monument in Copenhagen is Little Mermaid, a fairy-tale character who inhabit the Copenhagen Harbour.

One of Copenhagen most famous citizens was undoubtedly Hans Christian Andersen. This poet and fairy tale writer lived in 19th century and is known mainly of fantastic characters which he create, such as Tin Soldier, Snow Queen or Thumbelina. One of them, the Little Mermaid, is from 1913 watching the City Harbour of Copenhagen.
In 1909, Carl Jacobsen, son of Carlsberg brewery founder, ordered the statue of this sea princess, women with fish tail, after he saw the ballet based on an Andersen's novel. The sculpture by Edvard Eriksen is not very imposing, it depict the mermaid sitting in casual position. However, the well known tragic story, considered as one of most beautiful love stories, makes this small statue one of Denmark symbols.
The statue is located on a pier called Langelinie, one of representative Copenhagen promenades, very close to the Kastellet.

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