Swastika Carlsberg

The Elephant Gate, built in 1901, is the most famous building on the Carlsberg Brewery site. The initial idea for the gate came from Carl Jacobsen, working in close collaboration with architect Vilhelm Dahlerup. It was inspired by Bernini’s obelisk-carrying elephant in the Minerva Square in Rome and by the organ façade in Our Saviour's Church. The elephant, a symbol of loyalty and strength, characterises Carl Jacobsen’s Latin motto "Laboremus pro patria" - Let us work for our country. The elephants' blankets bear New Carlsberg's swastika trademark and the initials of Carl’s four surviving children – Theodora, Vagn, Helge and Paula (his heir, Alf, died). Foto: GnPhotos

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