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The Cisterns

Soendermarken | Soendermarken, Frederiksberg, Copenhagen 2000, Denmark
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The Cisterns in Søndermarken ParkResting deep beneath the green lawns of Søndermarken Park is a cavernous world that never sees the light of day. Enveloped in darkness, these damp and cold surroundings call ancient cathedrals and murky catacombs instantly to mind. History of The Cisterns The Cisterns, a long forgotten subterranean reservoir, once contained the supply of drinking water for the Danish capital and could hold as much as 16 million liters of clean water. Excavation began in 1856. Taking only three years to complete, the great structure quickly helped to alleviate many of the water supply problems of the day; but by 1933, the city’s cisterns ceased their function as a reservoir for drinking water, and they were finally drained in 1981. In 1996, in connection with Copenhagen’s status as European City of Culture – and through a joint initiative between the City of Frederiksberg and gallery owner Max Seidenfaden, who ran The Cisterns as a museum of modern glass art from 2001 to 2013– the underground water reservoir was put to use as an exhibition space. Today, The Cisterns is an integral part of Frederiksberg Museums, acting as a venue for art exhibitions and other events where the singularity of its architecture and atmosphere remains a core attraction. The Cisterns: A Cave within a CityLocated under Frederiksberg Hill in the heart of Søndermarken Park, The Cisterns is the only dripstone cave in Denmark. The natural formation of stalactites and stalagmites are not uncommon for concrete structures, yet none anywhere can offer the sheer magnitude and diversity of those found here. Such geological formations are extremely fragile, so for the sake of the museum as well as future guests we kindly request that you refrain from touching them. Thank you. Andante Christian Lemmerz at The CisternsIn a unique concoction of granite, concrete pillars and delicate stalactites and stalagmites, the subterranean exhibition space under Søndermarken Park is breathtaking. Of course, not every artist can meet the challenges proposed by these surroundings, but internationally renowned Danish artist Christian Lemmerz is certainly one who can! Lemmerz’ site-specific work, Andante, emerges as a monumental living sculpture, like a sea of candles, to illuminate and stage the sheer drama of this dark and cavernous space. AndanteChristian LemmerzMarts 2 – November 30, 2014
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Soendermarken | Soendermarken, Frederiksberg, Copenhagen 2000, Denmark
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An exhibition space with a twist! A former underground water reservoir that has been turned in to a unique exhibition space. Set underground and almost devoid of daylight it makes for a very unique experience. Once you get used to it the space is very...More

Thank Tim K
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Definitely an interesting space to visit - especially if you have a Copenhagen Card! (And it’s just down from the Zoo, so a great combo for a day!) Unlike anything else you’ve seen (even if you’re a little like me and spent most of the...More

Thank KDarwin
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We weren't sure whether to go here owing to the reviews, but decided to and weren't disappointed. While I understand people's complaints about it being gloomy, that is the point! You descend into the reservoir and it starts off almost pitch black, and you have...More

Thank FranFran144
Reviewed November 7, 2017

I was in Copenhagen for a couple of days and this was one of the places I wanted to go to, I was so glad to see it was included in the CopenhagenCard! It's an installation due to be replaced in a few months time...More

Thank Billy J
Reviewed October 25, 2017 via mobile

Amazing. If you don’t mind the dark, and the occasional drip of water on the head, then this is worth a trip. It was an unusual place but the engineering of the structure is impressive. It’s an eerie place.

Thank 1wozza
Reviewed October 23, 2017

Ok, you've got this redundant underground storage facility and you want to turn it into a tourist attraction, what do you do, flood it with light so that everyone can see the architecture, construction, the remaining water and lime build up? Nah, keep it gloomy,...More

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Reviewed October 16, 2017

It was an amazing experience to see the japanese lamps during the night in the Cisterns, very interesting!

Thank Dani L
Reviewed October 7, 2017

Across from Copenhagen Zoo is Sondermarken, which is a large park. In the middle of Sondermarken you'll find the Cisterns. Right now Hiroshi Sambuichi have done some dark in dark exhibition. A little light might have helped. I know that the exhibition is supposed to...More

1  Thank JBPurgerFrb
Reviewed October 2, 2017 via mobile

A once in a lifetime experience. Go as soon as possible and preferably when the Sun is shining. So aesthetically beautiful.

Thank Susanne K
Reviewed October 1, 2017

When I booked my trip to Copenhagen I started looking at things to do and this caught my attention. I like doing things that are unique, off the beaten path and not all the other tourists are doing. Funny thing is my cab driver had...More

Thank icityrules
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