The bullet hole in Saint Canutes knee - Odense, Denmark
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Klabautermanden
N 55° 23.758 E 010° 23.311
32U E 587941 N 6139732
Quick Description: The city hall in Odense, Denmark is known to everyone. But if you look closely at the painting and shield above the entrance you will find a little hole very few know of. And there's a forgotten story behind the strange hole in the shield.
Location: Denmark
Date Posted: 5/7/2020 10:35:43 PM
Waymark Code: WM12DYP
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Torgut
Views: 8

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Dansk: Over hovedindgangen til Odense rådhus findes byens våbenskjold, der viser Knud den Hellige. Han regerede som konge af Danmark fra 1080-1086. Derfor holder han rigsæblet samt den franske lilje, der symboliserer Odense. I 1944 blev Knud den Hellige "såret" af de tyske tropper. Ser man godt efter kan man se et skudhul i det højre knæ.

Skudhullet stammer fra det tyske overfald på politistationen på rådhuset den 19. september 1944 - siden har man beholdt hullet ved opmaling.

English: Saint Canute was the danish king killed in Odense in 1086 during a viking riot. He became a saint and patron of the city. In 1944, during the second world war, he was "wounded" again by German troops under the occupation of Denmark. If you look closely you can see a bullet hole under his right knee. On the 19th of september 1944 german troops raided the police station in the city hall. One shot struck Saint Canutes knee and was later kept in the shield as a reminder of the incident and the occupation.
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