Top Historic Sights in Hedensted, Denmark

Explore the historic highlights of Hedensted

Hedensted Church

Hedensted Church was built around 1175. It is especially noted for its early Romanesque murals showing Christ, St. Peter, and St. Paul.
Founded: c. 1175 | Location: Hedensted, Denmark

Bjerre Church

The whitewashed church in Bjerre has a choir and nave from Romanesque period with a late Gothic tower to the west and a later porch to the south. The Romanesque building is in travertine without any visible plinth, and it has not kept special original details. In the late Gothic period was in the choir built one, in the nave three cross vaults and the choir arch was extended. At almost the same time the tower was added wi ...
Founded: c. 1150 | Location: Hedensted, Denmark

Linnerup Church

The original Romanesque Linnerup Church is changed much in recent times. Only the choir has been preserved, its outer walls were in 1880 walled with small bricks. A Romanesque window is still seen as a niche in the eastern wall. The dilapidated nave was broken down and rebuilt in 1866. The tower was built at the same time. In the choir is built a late Gothic cross vault, the nave has a boarded tagstol (roof stool) (chan ...
Founded: 12th century | Location: Hedensted, Denmark

Ørum Church

Ørum Church was built in the 12-13th centuries in Romanesque style. The choir and nave date from that age, the vaults are Gothic. There is no tower, the belfry in the churchyard is modern. The altarpiece was painted by Gustav Theodor Wegener in 1857. The pulpit dates also from the 19th century.
Founded: 13th century | Location: Hedensted, Denmark

Barrit Church

The church in Barrit origins probably from 1152-1160. It was originally white. The church went through several re-buildings but the present look is from a main restoration in 1879, where the old church was re-walled with red bricks from a demolished tilework in Breth.
Founded: 1152-1160 | Location: Hedensted, Denmark

Ølsted Church

The middle nave, choir and apse of Ølsted church date from the 11th century. The Gothic tower was added in the 16th century and was altered in the mid-19th century. The altarpiece dates from the 18th century.
Founded: 11th century | Location: Hedensted, Denmark

Klakring Church

Klakring Church was built in the 13th century in Romanesque style. The tower and porch were added during the large restoration in 1860s. The pulpit dates from 1625. 
Founded: 13th century | Location: Hedensted, Denmark

Hvirring Church

The apse, choir and nave of Romanesque style Hvirring Church are built of granite. It was erected around 1175. The pulpit dates from the late 1500s.
Founded: c. 1175 | Location: Hedensted, Denmark

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Broch of Gurness

The Broch of Gurness is an Iron Age broch village. Settlement here began sometime between 500 and 200 BC. At the centre of the settlement is a stone tower or broch, which once probably reached a height of around 10 metres. Its interior is divided into sections by upright slabs. The tower features two skins of drystone walls, with stone-floored galleries in between. These are accessed by steps. Stone ledges suggest that there was once an upper storey with a timber floor. The roof would have been thatched, surrounded by a wall walk linked by stairs to the ground floor. The broch features two hearths and a subterranean stone cistern with steps leading down into it. It is thought to have some religious significance, relating to an Iron Age cult of the underground.

The remains of the central tower are up to 3.6 metres high, and the stone walls are up to 4.1 metres thick. The tower was likely inhabited by the principal family or clan of the area but also served as a last resort for the village in case of an attack.

The broch continued to be inhabited while it began to collapse and the original structures were altered. The cistern was filled in and the interior was repartitioned. The ruin visible today reflects this secondary phase of the broch's use.

The site is surrounded by three ditches cut out of the rock with stone ramparts, encircling an area of around 45 metres diameter. The remains of numerous small stone dwellings with small yards and sheds can be found between the inner ditch and the tower. These were built after the tower, but were a part of the settlement's initial conception. A 'main street' connects the outer entrance to the broch. The settlement is the best-preserved of all broch villages.

Pieces of a Roman amphora dating to before 60 AD were found here, lending weight to the record that a 'King of Orkney' submitted to Emperor Claudius at Colchester in 43 AD.

At some point after 100 AD the broch was abandoned and the ditches filled in. It is thought that settlement at the broch continued into the 5th century AD, the period known as Pictish times. By that time the broch was not used anymore and some of its stones were reused to build smaller dwellings on top of the earlier buildings. Until about the 8th century, the site was just a single farmstead.

In the 9th century, a Norse woman was buried at the site in a stone-lined grave with two bronze brooches and a sickle and knife made from iron. Other finds suggest that Norse men were buried here too.