Since 1935, the old Thingbæk limestone mine has been operating as a museum dedicated to sculpture. This distinctive, unusual exhibition space is beautiful and chilling, lit mostly by candles and kept at a temperature of about 45 degrees Fahrenheit year-round. As such, it's a surprising and charming stop along an older two-lane highway that's now usually bypassed by travelers who take the nearby (faster) freeway.

The highlights of the mine are the gypsum sculptures created by the late Danish artist Anders Bundgaard, who was the first to place his plaster figures in the caves decades ago, as well as bronze sculptures by another late Danish sculptor, Carl Johan Bonnesen. Many of the imposing pieces displayed in Thingbæk served as early prototypes for massive sculptures that now dot public areas around Denmark, such as Bundgaard's bronze Cimbrian Bull located in the center of Aalborg, and his Gefion Fountain located on the harbor in Copenhagen.

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