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Køge is a seaport on the coast of Køge Bugt (Bay of Køge) 39 km southwest of Copenhagen. It is the principal town and seat of Køge Municipality, Region Sjælland, Denmark. As of 2010, the urban area had a population of 34,937.
The natural harbour and strategic location have given Køge a long history as a market town. Today, this is witnessed by a well-preserved old town centre with many half-timbered houses.

The Port of Køge is one of the oldest ports in Denmark but has been modernised over the last few years. Since 2002, there has been a ferry connection to Rønne on the Baltic island of Bornholm, operated by BornholmerFærgen.

Architecture

The historical architecture of the town centre is one of the major attractions of Køge. The oldest dated half-timbered house in Denmark, which is also the oldest dated non-nobility and non-religious building of the nordic countries, can be found in Køge. It was built in 1527. Originally a section of a row of hovels, it is now a part of the public library.
Near the house is Sankt Nicolai Church. The tower of the church contains a lighthouse, the first to be built in Denmark. The most interesting is St. Nicolai Church in Køge, which is worth a visit with its splendid wood carvings, an impressive altarpiece and several tombs in the church floor. Second only to Roskilde Cathedral, it is the Danish church with the largest number of tombs in the church floor.
Køge's town hall dates from 1552 and is the oldest town hall in Denmark still in use as such.
Køge Torv, the market square, is, with an area of almost 1 hectare (2.5 acres), the largest town square in Denmark outside Copenhagen and the largest and best-preserved medieval town square in Denmark.

History

Køge was officially founded in 1288, when the town became a market town, as a contrast to the ecclesiastical center at that time - Roskilde, and was an important merchant town during the late Middle Ages.
During the local witchhunt, called Køge Huskors (1608–1615), at least 15 persons were convicted of witchcraft and burned at the stake. Køge suffered during the wars between Denmark and Sweden (1643–1720) and in 1807 the town and the surrounding area was the scene of the Battle of Køge between British and Danish troops. Køge remained a small town until the late 19th century, when industrial development and population growth began. Today, Køge is the main part of the 18th largest urban area in Denmark. (Source: visitkoege & Wikipedia)

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