Sønder Bjert Church

Kolding, Denmark

Sønder Bjert Church was built near the end of the 12th century out of stone cut from boulders and originally did not have a tower. The church's roofing consists of lead, which was last renovated in 2000. The crucifix was built in the mid-13th century and altarpiece was made by Hans Dreyer in 1624. The baptismal font dates from around 1650. 

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Founded: 12th century
Category: Religious sites in Denmark
Historical period: The First Kingdom (Denmark)

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Anne Linnet (6 months ago)
Always neat and well maintained
Isaac Ciller (7 months ago)
Around here the churches are all the same, they just change in size. It has its charm. I recommend seeing the decoration of the cemetery with fir branches.
Anita Bjorholm (8 months ago)
Atmospheric music and good atmosphere.
Wolfgang Haarmann (8 months ago)
Nice church, interesting cemetery with a very well-kept park-like area.
me vitty (3 years ago)
Beautiful place
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