Tandslet Church was built around 1200. The wooden bell tower was built also in the Middle Ages and it is situated in the Bronze Age burial mound. Frescoes dates from the late Middle Ages and pulpit from 1576. Altarpiece was made by Aabenraa artist Jes Jessen, from 1798. Organs were built 1863 by Marcussen & Son, Aabenraa.


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Founded: c. 1200
Category: Religious sites in Denmark
Historical period: The First Kingdom (Denmark)

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merete petersen (7 months ago)
A nice cemetery
Hans-Jørgen Hansen (16 months ago)
Nice church
M1K3XP20 (18 months ago)
The church is well maintained
Nina Lundqvist (2 years ago)
The toilet is usually open for use
Kevin Sorensen (3 years ago)
This is an incredibly beautiful church that one should also enjoy inside. Incredibly beautifully decorated! Tandslet Church is a Romanesque whitewashed brick church from approx. 1200. It has no tower but has a nave, choir and a slightly younger blinded apse (extra extension for light in the choir) - the only one on Als. The sacristy on the north side of the chancel and the porch to the south are later medieval additions. In the sacristy (to the east) there is a swimming pool for use in pouring the used baptismal water. On the roof is a slate roof rider from 1746, in which is hung a small bell donated by Matthias Stenlås, who was the local parish priest from 1699-1759. The bell bears the inscription: "Soli Deo gloria" and works in connection with the clock in the roof rider, which was donated to the church as a gift in 1935 by one of the parish residents. According to an old legend, the church was built at the instigation of the great man Henning Linthe, Store Elholm at the eastern end of the parish. During a serious illness, he promised to build God a church on the church block, which is the highest point in the parish (67 m), if he recovered. But when he began his church building, a white horse came every night and dragged the stones down to where the church is today. When the church was finally finished, the white horse trotted into the courtyard of Store Elholm, after which Henning Linthe died and was the first to be buried in Tandslet Church.
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