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.


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Founded: c. 1175
Category: Religious sites in Denmark
Historical period: The First Kingdom (Denmark)


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Gitte Østergaard-Nielsen (10 months ago)
Incredibly beautiful church inside, many seats. Good service / christening. The church is worth a visit
Bente Dahl (2 years ago)
Diana Beurze (2 years ago)
Fine minister and a nice little church :-)
Heidi Mathiasen (3 years ago)
Good priest
Kevin Sorensen (3 years ago)
The church is built of block stone and the tower and porch were built in the late Middle Ages and around 1600, respectively, but otherwise the church has many Romanesque features. Most of the windows on the north side of the ship are original. The church's interesting details Light on the altar On the fine apse there is a low-seated circular window. The window has of course had a very special function: to throw light directly into the altar. In 1987, the National Museum conducted a floor survey of the church. Remains of a golden altar and other altar ornaments were found in the choir. For example, a 17 cm high gilded spire was completed with a framed rock crystal. The purpose of the small window has probably been to make the light hit the rock crystal, which has reflected the light further in the gilded altar ornaments. Spedalskhedshul In the south wall of the chancel is also a smaller round-arched opening, a so-called leprosy hole. Here the lepers could receive wafers from the priest during the liturgy. Leprosy is a contagious infectious disease. From the mid-1200s, attempts were made to combat the disease by isolating infected people in St. Petersburg. Jørgen Farms. Horsens also had a St. Jørgensgård. It was located where Horsens Hospital is today in Hospitalsgade. The woman's door and the man's door As something special, both the woman's door and the men's door are still open. The Romanesque churches always had an entrance for the women in the north wall of the nave and an entrance for the men in the south wall of the nave. In Hvirring Church, there is a tympanum above both doors, which means a semicircular stone. The tympanum above the south door is with relief: acanthus vine and a small tree. Roman piscina In the choir is a so-called piscina. It is a Romanesque washbasin in which the priest poured water in after washing his hands. Also, the consecrated water from the baptismal font was poured into the piscina, which had drains into the ground under the church. The swimming pool was found in the cemetery and in the year 2000 again moved into the church. Dig Trees At the entrance to the porch there are three grave trees. These specimens are really fine. Here you can clearly see the inscriptions and the stylized heads at the end of the stone.
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