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Christiania (photo: Ati Metwaly)
Christiania (photo: Ati Metwaly)
Christiania (photo: Ati Metwaly)
Inside "Wonderland" at Christiania (photo: Ati Metwaly)
Leaving Christiania (photo: Ati Metwaly)
cinema hall in Christiania (photo: Ati Metwaly)
rent a bike in Christiania (photo: Ati Metwaly)
Christiania (photo: Ati Metwaly)
military barracks in Christiania (photo: Ati Metwaly)
Christiania (photo: Ati Metwaly)
a house in Christiania (photo: Ati Metwaly)
Christiania (photo: Ati Metwaly)
The wooden entrance to Freetown Christiania (photo: Ati Metwaly)
Christiania (photo: Ati Metwaly)
Christiania walls are never bare (photo: Ati Metwaly)
Christiania (photo: Ati Metwaly)
Old metal container turned into installation in Christiania (photo: Ati Metwaly)
Christiania (photo: Ati Metwaly)
The side wall of the military barracks (photo: Ati Metwaly)
Christiania (photo: Ati Metwaly)
Christiania residents are vocal protectors of nature (photo: Ati Metwaly)
kindergarten in Christiania (photo: Ati Metwaly)
The kindergarten created for younger among Christiania's 100 children (photo: Ati Metwaly)
Christiania (photo: Ati Metwaly)
House of a cherished late member of Christiania community (photo: Ati Metwaly)
Christiania (photo: Ati Metwaly)
Christiania (photo: Ati Metwaly)
a house in Christiania (photo: Ati Metwaly)
Architecture without architects (photo: Ati Metwaly)
Christiania (photo: Ati Metwaly)
Visual extravaganza around every street corner (photo: Ati Metwaly)
by the canal in Christiania (photo: Ati Metwaly)
A bench by the canal running through Christiania (photo: Ati Metwaly)
a house by the in canal Christiania (photo: Ati Metwaly)
a bunker covered with graffiti in Christiania (photo: Ati Metwaly)
House of an artist, Christiania (photo: Ati Metwaly)
remains of the military barracks at Christiania (photo: Ati Metwaly)
outside wall of Christiania (photo: Ati Metwaly)
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Copenhagen's Christiania is a territory that stirs controversy due to its relaxed lifestyle and presence of soft drugs -- it is also, however, a hub of creativity and art

Located in Denmark's Copenhagen, and covering an area of 0.34 sq km (34 hectares), the controversial Christiania Freetown is located within the city’s 17th century fortifications and military barracks. Since its creation, the Christiania community has solicited a number of social and political debates, especially considering the free cannabis trade that characterised the community.

The area first attracted underprivileged and homeless squatters in the early 1970s, eventually joined by the Hippie community, who dominated the land for four decades. The Christiania population has since grown to 850 inhabitants (including over 100 children), whose way of life and raison d'être constitute an ongoing challenge to the Danish authorities despite numerous dialogues extended and developed by both sides over the years. 

In the meantime, Christiania continues to attract tourists who are offered a visually enriching experience through the abundant and well-preserved nature as well as the original architecture and countless murals testifying to the creativity of the area's residents. 

 

Read more about Christiania here

Photos by Ati Metwaly
 

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