Roosted on the bank of Borsgade strait, is the magnificent 17th-century Børsen Stock Exchange building of Copenhagen. To, say the least, Nasdaq Copenhagen is a rare renaissance ilk enshrouded, in gothic style architecture. I had stopped here, for a quick photo stop on my way from Vesterbro’s Scandic Copenhagen to Amalienborg Slotsplads. Cloaked in multiple shades of orangish gold, Børsen is an evenly expedited structure. I, in particular, love the impression of its entwined spires betwixt copper plafond. Børsen turned out to be more sensational, in person than my vivid imagination.
As much as, I would have loved to tour the building from inside, you can only enter the premises if you have an official invite from the authorities. Each year, on the culture night in October, the doors of the Copenhagen stock exchange open up for the public. All you have to do is buy an entry ticket for DKK 90. I mean this iconic 17th-century building represents Denmark’s esteemed economic power, who doesn’t want to visit it? Although, on the other days, a canal tour offers great views of the Stock Exchange building exteriors. It’s fascinating how a rippled reflection of the building presents itself in the Borsgade strait. And the boat placidly cruises over emerald waters, which make the building appear more fantastic.
As the boat got close to the building, the first thing I noticed was a 200 ft elevated dragon spire. It is instated with magnificent crowns. The detailed brick facade instantly took me back in time. Sunshine, on this particular day, played a pivotal role in highlighting Børsen’s copper vaulting and the architectural grandeur. My guide narrated the interiors to me. She said, “The reception hall carved in wood, is full of wall paintings and unique mosaic art. Being one of the oldest buildings of Copenhagen, Børsen holds a great place in our heritage. It was originally built, by King Christian IV. Nowadays, the Copenhagen Stock Exchange officially hosts governmental-conferences, gala dinners and other major events.” I was impressed by the description, and I hope to see Børsen from inside someday.