Copenhagen. The Little Mermaid (Den Lille Havfrue)
Exploring Copenhagen traditionally begins with this place.
Bronze Mermaid (Den Lille Havfrue map) - a symbol of the Danish capital and the most popular place in the city.
Bronze character of the fairy tale by Hans Christian Anderson produced in 1913 by order of the son of the founder of the brewery "Carlsberg" Carl Jacobsen. At the Royal theatre staged the ballet "the little Mermaid", from which the son of a brewer, an avid theatre fan, came to a complete delight. Determined to perpetuate your emotions in bronze, he asked prima ballerina Ellen Price to model for the statue. The ballerina refused to pose Nude, and the sculptor sculptor Edward Ericsoon had to settle for just the head of the actress, and the body sculpt with his wife, Elina Eriksen.
the little Mermaid became world famous, a replica of the statue were opened in Amsterdam, Paris, Rome, Tokyo and Sydney. Since the mid - ' 60s, sculpture was repeatedly subjected to acts of vandalism: April 24, 1964 — the head of the statue was sawn off and stolen the Marxist-minded motion artists. The head was never discovered. 22 July 1984 — the little Mermaid sawed off his right hand two teenagers, who were found quickly and two days later the arm was restored to its former place. In 1990 year while trying to steal the head was made an incision in the neck to a depth of 18 cm. 6 January 1998-she was decapitated again. The perpetrators were not found. The head was returned anonymously left near a television station. On 4 February the head was set back. The statue was several times red paint, including once in 1961, when her hair was painted red and on it was drawn a bra. 11 September 2003 — the statue was torn from its pedestal by means of an explosive device in 2004, she was draped in a burqa in protest against the negotiations on the accession of Turkey to the European Union. On 8 March 2006 by the hand of the statue was tied Dildo, a figure stained with green paint, and on the pedestal was derived the words "8 March". Especially fruitful for the attempt was the spring of 2007 - in March and in may, the statue was again stained with pink paint, and on may 20, was dressed in Muslim dress. Finally, the city authorities got tired of it all, and they have announced plans to move the statue away from the shore. So the Mermaid wanted to protect both from vandals and from too zealous tourists, constantly trying to climb the monument. It is not strange, after that, the attacks on the monument stopped.
in the Fall of 2010 I found here the bare rocks mermaid first left Copenhagen and stayed at the EXPO in China. Now Chinese tourists are its main visitors.
Next to the little Mermaid, there are a number of monuments - Sculpture "After the bath", the author Carl Aarsleff.
Monument to sailors who died during the World War II.
Yachts the Langelinie (Langelinie Marina), cruise ships, further the South harbour (Søndre Frihavn), where there are cruise ships.