September 21st 2016

Esbjerg 009 - War Grave Memorial

Esbjerg 009 – War Grave Memorial

Esbjerg 009 – War Grave Memorial

At the Fovrfeld Cemetary, 280 Allied airmen, 1150 German soldiers and 151 German refugees are buried. They are all casualties of World War Two.

The large number of white headstones (for the Allied casualties) and grey crosses (for the German casualties) make this the largest War Grave Memorial in Scandinavia.

The War Grave Memorial is found at Gravlundvej, 6710 Esbjerg V.



September 20th 2016

Esbjerg 008 - Crucifix

Esbjerg 008 – Crucifix

Esbjerg 008 – Crucifix

Outside the Trinity Church, at Grådybet 23, 6700 Esbjerg, sits this Crucifix.

When hurricane “Adam” hit Esbjerg on December 3rd 1999 Esbjerg, it tore off the original roof of the Trinity Church.

Deciding it would be a shame to discard of the remains of the old roof, artist Erik Heide was commisioned to create the Crucifix.

September 18th 2016

Esbjerg 007 - Christian IX

Esbjerg 007 – Christian IX

Esbjerg 007 – Christian IX

The equestrian statue of King Christian IX, located at the Market Place (Torvet) of Esbjerg, was a gift from the citizens of Esbjerg, presented to the city in the year 1899.

The bronze statue was scultped by Ludvig Brandstrup (1861-1935) and carries an inscription:

”Til Aere for Byens Grundlaegger rejste Borgere i Esbjerg dette Mindesmaerke”

”In honour of the founder of the town citizens of Esbjerg erected this monument”

Also the Royal Danish Arms is presented in bronze on the plinth of the statue, with the added inscription:

”Med Gud for ære og ret”

”With God for honour and justice

Whilst being presented to the city in the year 1899, the statue wasn’t actually finished until 1900, as the plinth of the statue stood empty for that period, as a result of a strike.

There’s a similar statue, also sculpted by Ludvig Brandstrup, of Christian IX in the city of Slagelse.

Christian IX was the King of Denmark from 1863 through 1906 and having lost the port of Altona to the Germans during the second Schleswig war in 1864, the King signed a bill from parliament in 1868 for the establishment of a harbour in Esbjerg, thus being recognised as the founder of the city of Esbjerg.

August 29th 2016

Esbjerg 006 - Premier Is

Esbjerg 006 – Premier Is

Esbjerg 006 – Premier Is

The ice cream company, Premier Is (originally named “Premiere Is”) was founded in Esbjerg in 1927 and was for many years a proud Esbjerg-brand.

However times change and time changes companies.

Premier Is was sold off to first Nestlé and, in 2009, the company was bought by “Mejerigaarden”, the owners of the “Polar Is” brand.

With regards to the city of Esbjerg, the biggest change came, when Mejerigaarden merged the two brands; Premier Is and Polar Is under the Premier Is name, and moved the production to Thisted.

So this leaves just the faded memories of Premier Is in Esbjerg, as evidenced on this photo.

The building is located at the T-intersection of Havdigevej and Fiskebrogade in 6700 Esbjerg

August 28th 2016

Esbjerg 005 - Tall Ship

Esbjerg 005 – Tall Ship

Esbjerg 005 – Tall Ship

This sculpture was a gift to the Port of Esbjerg, donated by Sigurd Pedersen, at the 125 year anniversary of the port in 1993.

The artist, Gunnar Pedersen, made the sculpture from “Weathering Steel”, which  is a group of steel alloys developed to eliminate the need for painting, and form a stable rust-like appearance if exposed to the weather for several years.

You’ll find the “Tall Ship” at the port administration offices, at Hulvejen 1, 6700 Esbjerg

August 21st 2016

Esbjerg 004 - Grådyb Kollegiet

Esbjerg 004 – Grådyb Kollegiet

Esbjerg 004 – Grådyb Kollegiet

Grådyb Kollegiet is a 11 storey, 36 meter tall dormbuilding located at grådybet 73 in Esbjerg.

It is the tallest building in the city of Esbjerg and from the top floors, you’re said to have a great view looking out over the city and the surrounding landscapes.

On the roof are solar panels that cover the amount of electricity needed to run the ventilation systems, the lights in the stairwell and the laundry facilities.

Apart from the “regular students”, Grådyb Kollegiet is also home to a number of athletes that study at Esbjerg Sports College.

August 20th 2016

Esbjerg 003 - Fishermen's Memorial Grove

Esbjerg 003 – Fishermen’s Memorial Grove

Esbjerg  003 – Fishermen’s Memorial Grove

The Fishermen’s Memorial Grove isn’t just made up of the rotunda.

In the interior part of the rotunda, there’s a group of bronze sculptures.

The bronze figures depict: A man picking up another, a young woman sitting and thirdly a mother and a child.

The motive of the woman and the child is to symbolise the basic human values, the home and the child.

The figures of a man helping another, is a symbol of helpfulness and companionship.

Oh, and the memorial is created by C. Th. Sørensen (Sculptor), August Kiel (Landscape architect) and V. Thorlacius Ussing (Director of the “Ny Carlsberg Fund”).