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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Inger Marie Andersen (7 months ago)
Small church and small cemetery but nice is the church sct jørgensbjerg Inger Marie A
nielsepoulsen (7 months ago)
Denmark's oldest and best church
Jacob Thorsen (8 months ago)
Idyllic small church surrounded by cozy houses
Flemming Kruse (10 months ago)
Great church
Clara (13 months ago)
Cozy little church, with the best view of the fjord
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