Top Historic Sights in Vejle, Denmark

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St. Nicolai Church

St. Nicolai Church dates to the 13th century. Originally built in late Romanesque style and dedicated to the patron saint of merchants and seafarers, the church is the oldest building in the community. Renovations in the 15th century developed the church into a Gothic hall with two transepts and a tower 27.2 m high. On display in a glass-covered sarcophagus in the northern transept are the remains of the Haraldskær Woma ...
Founded: 13th century | Location: Vejle, Denmark

Hover Church

Hover Church dates from the 12th century and it has been enlarged and restored several times. The bell tower dates from1866. The church was owned over 200 years by Lerbæk manor.
Founded: 12th century | Location: Vejle, Denmark

Haraldskær Manor

Haraldskær manor was mentioned for the first time in 1434, when the owner was Niels Friis. Haraldskær remained in the Friis family until 1601. The family built the current main building in 1536. Since then, the main building has burned and been rebuilt several times.   The last member of the Friis family, Albert Friis – national advisor and lord lieutenant at Riberhus – extended the manor and built the current wes ...
Founded: 15th century | Location: Vejle, Denmark

Tirsbæk Castle

Tirsbæk estate was first time mentioned in 1401. The current castle was built in 1550, while the tower and west wing were added in 1577. The park was finished in 1745, among other things with a vineyard - the oldest existing in Denmark. Since 1912, the place been owned by Algreen-Ussing family. They run Tirsbæk as a combined arm and forestry as well as rental of homes for private persons and companies. The former stable ...
Founded: 1550 | Location: Vejle, Denmark

Engum Church

Engum Church is believed to be built on the site where Irish monks settled around 950 AD. The church was built around 1100 and the tower and porch were added later in the Middle Ages. The altarpiece dates from 1759 and the interior mainly dates from the 18th century.
Founded: c. 1100 | Location: Vejle, Denmark

Skibet Church

The Romanesque style Skibet church was built between 1125 and 1150 and belonged to Haraldskær Manor until 1936. The Romanesque nave and chancel are survived. There is a granite Romanesque font and some very beautiful frescos from the eleventh century.
Founded: 12th century | Location: Vejle, Denmark

Vinding Church

The nave and choir of Vinding church were built around 1150 and the tower was erected later. The altarpiece and pulpit dates from the late 18th century.
Founded: c. 1150 | Location: Vejle, Denmark

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Abbey of Saint-Étienne

The Abbey of Saint-Etienne, also known as Abbaye aux Hommes ('Men"s Abbey'), is a former monastery dedicated to Saint Stephen (Saint Étienne). It is considered, along with the neighbouring Abbaye aux Dames ('Ladies" Abbey'), to be one of the most notable Romanesque buildings in Normandy. Like all the major abbeys in Normandy, it was Benedictine.

Lanfranc, before being an Archbishop of Canterbury, was abbot of Saint-Etienne. Built in Caen stone during the 11th century, the two semi-completed churches stood for many decades in competition. An important feature added to both churches in about 1120 was the ribbed vault, used for the first time in France. The two abbey churches are considered forerunners of the Gothic architecture. The original Romanesque apse was replaced in 1166 by an early Gothic chevet, complete with rosette windows and flying buttresses. Nine towers and spires were added in the 13th century. The interior vaulting shows a similar progression, beginning with early sexpartite vaulting (using circular ribs) in the nave and progressing to quadipartite vaults (using pointed ribs) in the sanctuary.

The two monasteries were finally donated by William the Conqueror and his wife, Matilda of Flanders, as penalty for their marriage against the Pope"s ruling. William was buried here; Matilda was buried in the Abbaye aux Dames. Unfortunately William"s original tombstone of black marble, the same kind as Matilda"s in the Abbaye aux Dames, was destroyed by the Calvinist iconoclasts in the 16th century and his bones scattered.

As a consequence of the Wars of Religion, the high lantern tower in the middle of the church collapsed and was never rebuilt. The Benedictine abbey was suppressed during the French Revolution and the abbey church became a parish church. From 1804 to 1961, the abbey buildings accommodated a prestigious high school, the Lycée Malherbe. During the Normandy Landings in 1944, inhabitants of Caen found refuge in the church; on the rooftop there was a red cross, made with blood on a sheet, to show that it was a hospital (to avoid bombings).