The current Jelling church was built of limestone around the year 1100. Archaeologists have found traces of three earlier wooden churches on the site. The first wooden church built on the site of the present edifice was the largest of its kind anywhere in Scandinavia. Archaeological evidence suggests that it was built in the later 10th century, during the period around 960 when Harald Bluetooth introduced Christianity into Denmark, as he proclaims on the larger of the two runic stones.

The part of the church burned down in 1679 and it was restored with a new porch. The pulpit dates from the 1650s. Mural paintings were in bad shape until Julius Magnus Petersen replaced them with copies in 1875. Jelling church is part of the UNESCO World Heritage site with Jelling mounds and runestones.

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Thyrasvej 3, Jelling, Denmark
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Founded: c. 1100
Category: Religious sites in Denmark
Historical period: The First Kingdom (Denmark)

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Emre Yıldız (11 months ago)
Historically significant place. No need to expect so much. But if you passing by definitely worth to stop by...
Joshua Formentera (2 years ago)
Very interesting church and very well preserved. Jelling Church dates back to around 1100. There are a beautiful religious carve mural inside the church in watercolor done by Julius Magnus Petersen. It is really beautifully painted.
Joseph Bergin (3 years ago)
Interesting church, nice interior and fascinating runestones in graveyard you can learn more about in the adjacent museum
Keizer Soze (4 years ago)
Local church, graveyard and symbolic place with a beautiful history, that starts in the Middleages. Two enormous, ancient stones engraved by the first Dutch kings. Very nice attracion with a splendid sight on surrounding houses, and a former historic village. Around the place there are fortifications partly reconstructed for tourists to imagine the size of the historic location.
Keizer Soze (4 years ago)
Local church, graveyard and symbolic place with a beautiful history, that starts in the Middleages. Two enormous, ancient stones engraved by the first Dutch kings. Very nice attracion with a splendid sight on surrounding houses, and a former historic village. Around the place there are fortifications partly reconstructed for tourists to imagine the size of the historic location.
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