Ny Carlsberg Vej

Vilhelm Dahlerup






The Elephant Gate is the most famous building on the Carlsberg Brewery site.  It is especially known for its gate, where visitors are greeted by four life size elephants.  

The initial idea for the gate came from Carl Jacobsen, working in close collaboration with 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 in Copenhagen. The elephant is a symbol of loyalty and strength and 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. The craftsmen and architect are commemorated on the inside of the gate.