ⓘ Mejlgade is a street in Aarhus which runs north to south from Ostbanetorvet to Skolegade and intersects Norrebrogade. The street is situated in the historic Lat ..


ⓘ Mejlgade

Mejlgade is a street in Aarhus which runs north to south from Ostbanetorvet to Skolegade and intersects Norrebrogade. The street is situated in the historic Latin Quarter neighborhood and has the highest number of historic and listed buildings in the city. Mejlgade is one-way and no-parking zone for cars for most of its length and pedestrians and cyclists are given priority. The single lane is tiled and a part of the Cykelringen bicycle ring which circumnavigates the city center. Mejlgade has a high number of small specialty shops and some cafes and bars.


1. History

Mejlgade is first mentioned in the 1400s as "Medelgade" from the word ”mæthal”, meaning "middel" English: Middle. In the 1700s it is catalogued as "Middelgade" and by the late 1800s it is known as the present Mejlgade.

Mejlgade stems from the earliest history of the city in the early Viking Age. It was established within the initial ramparts of the viking settlement and later the city walls around the medieval town. In the early to mid-1800s it was the primary arterial and busiest trade street in the town and between 1828 and 1851 the north end of the street had one of 7 city gates where access taxes were collected on produce entering the town. Many merchants houses were built in Mejlgade, close to the city gate, typically with multiple wings and a courtyard for stables and storage.

In 1851 the access taxes were abolished and the city walls and gates torn down. Houses on the east side of the street initially had backyards leading to the waters edge on the coast until 1871 when Kystvejen was established, separating the houses from the coast. The street was cobbled through the 1800s but in 1900 it was paved with asphalt as the first street in the city.


2. Structures

Mejlgade contains 9 buildings listed in the Danish registry of protected buildings and places and many architectural styles from different periods are represented throughout the street. The Jutland Art Academy Danish: Det Jydske Kunstakademi has been situated in the historicist building from 1803 in no. 32 since 1964. Mejlgade no. 6 was previously known as the mayors house. The first mayor to live there was Ulrik Christian von Schmidten, mayor from 1866–1885, and it was used by his successors until 1919 when electoral reform made the office an elected position.

The stately Mejlborg building is situated on the site of the former city gate at the north end of the street. It was designed by Sophus Frederik Kuhnel in 1896–98 for luxury condominiums with a commanding view of the Bay of Aarhus. In the 1899 fire Mejlborg burned down but was rebuilt the same year almost identically.


2.1. Structures Listed buildings

The Cathedral School from 1195 lies on a parcel of land bordering Mejlgade, Skolegyde and Kystvejen and contains a number of buildings of which 4 are listed. One is the building facing Mejlgade, the classicist and baroque "white building" from 1766 by architect Christian Jensen Morup. The building was renovated and extended in neoclassical style in 1849 by Jorgen Hansen Koch.

Mejlgade no. 7 from 1848 was built by Hans Wilhelm Schroder in late classicist style. No. 19 is Juuls House, a half-timbered 4-winged structure from 1629 in renaissance style. Juuls House has been a paint shop since 1842 and is the oldest paint shop in the country. Mejlgade 25 is a half-timbered building from 1585. The 4 historicist buildings are the late-classicist houses in no. 43 from 1831 and no. 45 from 1864 in Empire style, no. 48 from 1864 and the classicist no. 52-54 from 1837. Mejlgade No. 48 was home to Århus Stiftstidende and its printing press, in differing buildings, from 1794 until 1906 when it was turned into an elementary school.

  • the summer of 2013 the Kaospilot school moved from their old address in Mejlgade to the neighborhood Filmbyen. The Kaospilot curriculum is approved by EQUIS
  • since been reduced by residential developments on the side running along Mejlgade The southern border was established in 1767 when St. Olufs Street was
  • situated next to Aarhus Cathedral on the corner of Domkirkepladsen and Mejlgade in the central Indre By neighbourhood and has functioned as city hall
  • over the building when it became available and moved a youth club from Mejlgade into it. The club was named Mejlen after the former address and the building
  • and again in 1758 when a garden called Trojborg beyond the city gate at Mejlgade was sold. The name is likely a reference to the hilly landscape around
  • Danish Culture Canon of literature. Thorkild Strange Bjornvig grew up in Mejlgade in Aarhus as the son of factory inspector Theodor Frese Pedersen Bjornvig
  • School, 1847, later changed by Hack Kampmann 1905 Studsgade 10 1847 Mejlgade 7 1849 Hans Broge s House 1849 Fredenstorv 6 1849 Housing, Jægergårdsgade
  • and there are two small fountains with drinking water. The streets of Mejlgade Skolegade and the squares of Store Torv and Skt. Clemens Torv emanates
  • Mejlgade Studsgade, Klostergade, Skolegade, Mindegade and Graven contain the most examples. The timber - framed Vestergade 1 from 1540 and Mejlgade 25
  • with farmers. Vestergade had most of these, seventeen in all, followed by Mejlgade which had sixteen by the northern city gate. The best preserved example
  • cyclists have opened in the 2000s and this includes the streets of Skolegade, Mejlgade and Frederiks Gade in Aarhus C. The shared bikeways of Brabrandstien and

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