Christianshavn was founded in the 17th century by King Christian IV, as part of the extension of the fortifications of Copenhagen and it was from 1639 that the town of Christianshavn appeared as such. The district is originally laid out to operate independently from Copenhagen, with an architectural style very much inspired by Dutch architecture and its canals.
From the 1970s, the poorest district of the capital took on a reputation as a bohemian district.