St. Jørgensbjerg Church

Roskilde, Denmark

St. Jørgensbjerg church is the oldest preserved stone building in Denmark. Built of travertine circa 1100, it may have been inspired by the Roskilde's cathedral predecessor, a travertine church from 1080, built by Bishop Svend Nordmand. The bricked-up north door of the church may also stem from its predecessor from circa 1040, which was investigated in excavations undertaken in 1953-54. If it does, the north door is Denmark's oldest piece of medieval architecture.

The slender billets at the corners and in the middle of the nave are quite unique. Such billets are only found in wooden churches, hence its name 'a fossilized wooden church'. There are many interesting details in the interior of the church. A model of a medieval merchant vessel, a so-called 'kogge', has been engraved in the wall.

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

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Søren Ibsen (3 years ago)
God lokal kirke
olav sejeroe (3 years ago)
Sankt Jørgensbjerg Kirke består af romansk kor og skib, samt våbenhus mod syd og vesttårn, som begge er sengotiske. Kirkens yderhjørner efterligner de runde stave i en stavbygger trækirke og det viser at kirken er fra o. 1080. Kirken var oprindeligt viet til S. Clemens og hørte sammen med de spedalskes hospital. Den ligger helt ude ved kysten og var byens havnekirke.
Anker Hansen (3 years ago)
Var til en meget smuk Julekoncert. Med Maud Kofod og Robert Langkilde. Maud. Kan nogle ting. Let modernisering af julesalmer. En god blanding sang og musik.Og Robert kan også noget med en guitar. Så de to kan virkelig skabe en god stemning. Afslutningen var fantastisk. De sluttede af med Dejlig er jorden. Maud med en sangstemme, som skal høres ( Live ) En engle stemme ( wauw ) Fik os alle med på en afsluttende sang af denne smukke salme. Den fasede så smukt ud. Tak for en fantastisk koncert begge to. Det kan anbefales. En Fan's
Annethe Sølyst (3 years ago)
Nogle flotte gammel huse
Jesper Jensen (3 years ago)
Lige som alle de andre kirker
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