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Utterslev Church, Copenhagen

Utterslev is a neighbourhood in the Bispebjerg district of Copenhagen, Denmark. Ut is centered on Utterslev Torv and is most known for the Utterslev Mose marshland which straddles the border with Gladsaxe Municipality to the north.

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HistoryEdit

In the Middle Ages Utterslev was a large country estate comprising the villages of Serridslev, Solbjerg, Vanløse, Vigerslev, Valby, Brønshøj and Emdrup.[1] The village of Utterslev has existed since the 14th century when it consisted of houses and farm buildings around the village pond.[2] In the Dano-Swedish War of 1657, King Charles X Gustav of Sweden established his headquarters in Utterslev.[1] The village lost its status as such in 1784.

Notable buildings and residentsEdit

Marked on maps in the 12th and 13th centuries, the village pond is one of the oldest in Denmark. The pond is still surrounded by old buildings and some of the former roads.[1] In 2000, together with its surroundings, Utterslev Torv was developed as a green area and central attraction for the local population.[2][3]

Utterslev Church, completed in 1963, closed in September 2013 as a result of weakening support. Only half of those living in the area are members of the Church of Denmark.[4] Utterslev Skole, completed in 2006, was the first folkeskole to be built by Copenhagen Municipality for more than 25 years. Located between Utterslev Torv and Bispebjerg Cemetery, it was designed to set new standards for flexibility, air quality and sustainability, where possible making use of environmentally friendly materials.[5] The building known as Sokkelundlille (now a child-care centre) was originally a hunting lodge built for King Christian VII in 1770.[2]

Parks and open spacesEdit

 
Utterslev Mose

Utterslev Mose, Copenhagen's largest area of parkland, was laid out around Søborg Sø in 1943. Now a recreational area, it is known for its lakes and bird life.[6]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "Utterslev" (in Danish). Den Store Danske. Retrieved 26 December 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c "Utterslev Torv" (in Danish). DAC. Retrieved 26 December 2013. 
  3. ^ "Utterslev Torv" (in Danish). Københavns Kommune. Retrieved 26 December 2013. 
  4. ^ Mikkel Svinth Rødgaard (2 September 2013). "Utterslev Kirke skal sælges" (in Danish). Nørrebro NordVest Bladet. Retrieved 26 December 2013. 
  5. ^ "Utterslev Skole" (in Danish). DAC. Retrieved 26 December 2013. 
  6. ^ "Utterslev Mose" (in Danish). Københavns Kommune. Retrieved 26 December 2013. 

Coordinates: 55°42′38″N 12°30′59″E / 55.71056°N 12.51639°E / 55.71056; 12.51639