The architecture of Denmark has its origins in the Viking period, richly revealed by archaeological finds.It became firmly established in the Middle Ages when first Romanesque, then Gothic churches and cathedrals sprang up throughout the country.Oak frames were used for the walls, and the roofs were probably thatched.
Neoclassicism came initially from France but was slowly adopted by native Danish architects who increasingly participated in defining architectural style.
A productive period of Historicism ultimately merged into the 19th century National Romantic style.
In parallel, the half-timbered style became popular for ordinary dwellings in towns and villages across the country.
Late in his reign, Christian IV also became an early proponent of Baroque which was to continue for a considerable time with many impressive buildings both in the capital and the provinces.
It was not, however, until the 1960s that Danish architects entered the world scene with their highly successful Functionalism.