Store Magleby Church

Dragør, Denmark

Store Magleby Church was originally built some time between 1193 and 1370. King Christian gave it to the Dutch farmers who had settled on Amager. They renovated and expanded the church in 1611. The current appearance of the church dates from 1731 when it underwent major alterations. The longhouse nave is 36 metres long and 16 metres wide and is terminated by a three-sided chancel to the east while a flèche tops the roof to the west.

The stucco decorations, altarpiece, and pews all date from the 1850s. The altarpiece's original painting by Thomas Wagner from 1860 was replaced by a Eucharist painting by Thomas Kluge in 2012. The remains of a catechism altarpiece from 1480 is seen on the north wall.



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Kirkevej 2, Dragør, Denmark
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Founded: 1731
Category: Religious sites in Denmark
Historical period: Absolutism (Denmark)

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Familien Madsen (9 months ago)
Great Magleby Church. +. The Great Magleby Church There is no escaping the fact that Store Magleby Church is an unusually beautiful Dutch church. There has been no shortage of money among the Dutch people and farmers who moved to Amager from the Netherlands. From the start, they have been a hard-working people who, through their diligence and hard work, created some good vegetables and correspondingly nutritious products, which were quickly in demand in Copenhagen. With the large sales of the vegetables, the Amager farmers got a correspondingly high income, and they were further helped by the fact that the King had promised them tax exemption if they wanted to travel to Amager and cultivate the land. The churches they built were largely Dutch, partly in design and partly in decoration; but also in the way that Dutch was spoken in the churches, they were not churches for Danes, they had to have their own churches. The Great Magleby Church One cannot ignore the fact that the Great Magleby Church is an exceptionally beautiful Dutch church. The Dutch people and farmers who moved to Amager from Holland were never short of funds. From the start, they were hardworking people who, through their diligence and industriousness, produced excellent vegetables and other nourishing products that quickly became sought after in Copenhagen. With the great demand for their vegetables, the farmers of Amager enjoyed high incomes. Furthermore, they were assisted by the King's promise of tax exemption if they were to settle in Amager and cultivate the land. The churches they built were heavily influenced by Dutch design and decoration. Even the language spoken in these churches was Dutch; they were not churches for Danes, as they needed their own places of worship.
Niels Jensen (2 years ago)
Was at a concert with the Copenhagen Kontatekor yesterday with really good soloists and musicians performing Bach's Christmas Oratorio. Note the cross on top of the altarpiece. A good start to Christmas 2022.
Annie Holm (2 years ago)
Really nice church. Really good priest. Good atmosphere.
Stig Lenler (2 years ago)
Again a nice church and a nice but slightly neglected mass of graves
Christian Nygaard (4 years ago)
Really nice and well maintained church
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