Herlufsholm Church

Næstved, Denmark

Herlufsholm Church is Denmark's broadest single nave church and was the monastery church for the Woodland Monastery of the Benedictine Order. The church dates back to 1135. When Herluf Trolle and his wife Birgitte Goeye acquired the monastery in 1560, the church was renamed Herlufsholm and it became the area's parish church. In the chapel under the choir, Herluf Trolle and Birgitte Goeye lay buried. They are also remembered in an epitaph. In the northern arm of the choir there is a sepulchral monument to Marcus Goeye with an epitaph by Thomas Kingo. The jewel of the church is an ivory crucifix, a 75cm high and carved from a single tusk - one of Denmark's finest works of art.

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Founded: 1135
Category: Religious sites in Denmark
Historical period: The First Kingdom (Denmark)

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Karen Mathiesen (6 months ago)
Wow, a beautiful church that I had the honor of being in at a colleague's wedding. Surroundings - both inside and outside are perfect for this special and memorable day
Levi Emkjær (2 years ago)
Very pretty church on the grounds of Herlufsholm.
Lotte Andersen (2 years ago)
Beautiful, nice church, which is connected to Herlufsholm Boarding School. Very pretty area. The church is large and has oak pews, a pulpit, neatly carved. However, a sad altar picture with the removal of Jesus from the cross. Thought-provoking inscription on one of the walls about people who did a heroic deed for the motherland and died.
Matti V (2 years ago)
Super nice church with many details and good acoustics. It contains a lot of exciting extra details, tombs, ancient tombstones, ancient armor, memories of fallen Herlovians and much much more. Thanks for the look. ☺️
Lotte Andersen (2 years ago)
Beautiful, beautiful church, which is connected to Herlufsholm Boarding School. Very nice area. The church is large and with oak benches, pulpit, neatly carved. However, a sad altarpiece with the taking down of Jesus from the cross. Thoughtful inscription on one of the walls about people who did a heroic deed for the fatherland and perished.
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