In the 18th century the capital of Denmark was totally destroyed by fire, in 1807 it was again burnt by the British. This is the main reason why Copenhagen has practically no historical centre with its traditional narrow streets. Nevertheless, there are a lot of attractive sights there - marvellous palaces, plenty of museums and galleries, lively well-planned amusement parks, one of the longest market streets in the world, cozy districts with bars, restaurants and cafes with open terraces.
The Little Mermaid Statue.
Rather a small statue of Mermaid has become one of the most frequently photographed women in the world. Edward Eriksen created it by request of Carl Jacobsen, the founder of Carlsberg beer houses. 'The Mermaid' is a fairy-tale that was created by Hans Christian Andersen. The main heroine saves a prince, when his ship suffers a shipwreck. To have an opportunity to marry him, she has to sacrifice her beautiful hair and her fish tail. In 1909 Carl Jacobsen saw the ballet adaptation of this fairy-tale by the Danish Royal Ballet, and he was under such a strong impression that he decided to present a statue to the city. In 1913 the Little Mermaid was placed, and soon it became the symbol of Copenhagen.