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New on 500px : Nyhavn by Terra70 by Terra70

Nyhavn (Danish pronunciation: [ˈnyhɑʊ̯ˀn]) (literally: New Harbour) is a 17th-century waterfront, canal and entertainment district in Copenhagen, Denmark. Stretching from Kongens Nytorv to the harbour front just south of the Royal Playhouse, it is lined by brightly coloured 17th and early 18th century townhouses and bars, cafes and restaurants. Serving as a “heritage harbour”, the canal has many historical wooden ships.
Nyhavn was constructed by King Christian V from 1670 to 1673, dug by Swedish war prisoners from the Dano-Swedish War 1658–1660. It is a gateway from the sea to the old inner city at Kongens Nytorv (King’s Square), where ships handled cargo and fishermens’ catch. It was notorious for beer, sailors, and prostitution. Danish author Hans Christian Andersen lived at Nyhavn for some 18 years.

The first bridge across Nyhavn opened on 6 February 1875. It was a temporary wooden footbridge.[1] It was replaced by the current bridge in 1912.[2]

The canal.
As ocean-going ships grew larger, Nyhavn was taken over by internal Danish small vessel freight traffic. After World War II land transport took over this role and small vessel traffic disappeared from the Port of Copenhagen, leaving Nyhavn largely deserted of ships.

In the mid-1960s, the Nyhavn Society (Danish: Nyhavnsforeningen) was founded with the aim of revitalising Nyhavn. In 1977, Nyhavn was inaugurated as a veteran ship and museum harbour by Overborgmester i København (Copenhagen’s Lord Mayor) Egon Weidekamp.

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New on 500px : The sun always shine PtII by wigH by wigH


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New on 500px : When Nature Strikes Back by tm-foto by tm-foto

Rubjerg Knude is the name of a huge sand dune of approx. 200ft height located in northern Denmark. In 1900 a lighthouse started its work there, but over the times it was more and more covered by the sand.
People digged out the lighthouse for several times, untill in the late 60s they had to give up: The problem of the ever flying sand was so massive that the lighthouse was stopped.
Since the 90s the dunes are declared as a nature reserve area.

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