Gjorslev is a cruciform medieval castle, originally owned by the Bishop of Roskilde. It is considered one of the most well-preserved examples of Gothic secular architecture in Denmark. Gjorslev was built in about 1400 by Peder Jensen Lodehat, Bishop of Roskilde. It remained in the possession of the Roskilde bishops until the Reformation which led to its confiscation in 1637. It was sold in 1540 and was then in the possession of changing owners until 1678 when it came under the Crown once again. It was then owned by the Lindencrone family from 1763 to 1791, from 1793 to 1923 by the Scavenius family, and from 1925 and until the present day it has been in the possession of the Tesdorpf family.

Gjorslev is surrounded by moats and built to a cruciform design in the Gothic style. The building materials are a combination of local limestone from the Cliffs of Stevns and large bricks (Danish 'monk stones'). The central tower is just under 30 m tall and has seven storeys. The south arm of the cross is slightly longer than the other three. A lower north wing was added in 1638. Access to the main building was originally through the celler from an entrance below the bishop's chapel which was located on the east side of the southern cross arm. From the vaulted celler below the tower, a flight of stairs led to the domed hall in its ground floor. This arrangement was altered by Ewert Janssen between 1665 and 1676. The chapel was demolished and the entrance moved to the eastern cross arm which was also given a new facade and an internal staircase in the Baroque style.

The design of the roof was adapted in 1748 when the original crow-stepped gable with blank arches were replaced by hipped roofs and a pyramidical roof on the tower. The last time the building was altered was in 1843 when a long south wing was added. The castle stands at the end of a street known as 'Broad Street' which is lined by red timbered farm buildings from 1713.

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Founded: c. 1400
Category: Castles and fortifications in Denmark
Historical period: Kalmar Union (Denmark)

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olav sejeroe (2 years ago)
Gjorslev ligger på Stevns 7 km nord for Store Heddinge. Gjorslev blev opført som borg med korsformet grundplan af roskildebispen Peder Jensen Lodehat omkring 1400. Efter reformationen i 1536 overtog kronen godset. Efter kun fire år overdrog Christian 3. Gjorslev til sin tidligere lærer Peder Svave. Hans slæt ejede Gjorslev i 90 år frem til 1630, hvor hofmester Just Høg købte godset. I 1743 blev Gjorslev købt af Jacob Lintrup. Han var bondesøn fra Himmerland og havde tjent en formue som ”supercargo” i Asiatisk Kompagni. Han blev adlet de Lindencrone. Han gav bønderne på Gjorslev arvefæsteskøde. De fik selveje i 1767 som de første på Stevns. I 1793 købte Jacob Brønnum Scavenius Gjorslev. Han var faktor i Serampore i Bengalen for Østasiatisk Kompagni. Faktoriet i Bengalen gav stor underskud for Østasiatisk Kompagni. Selv rejste Scavenius hjem fra Indien med 2 tønder guld. Scavenius familien havde Gjorslev i fire generationer frem til 1925, hvor godset blev købt af Adolph Tesdorpf. Den nuværende ejer i 2019 Jens Edward Tesdorpf. Til Gjorslev hører 910 ha ager og 753 ha skov.
Stefan Kramer (3 years ago)
Flot sted med smukke omgivelser
katrine dybdahl (3 years ago)
Smukt slot og flotte landlige omgivelser
Sofus Broholm (3 years ago)
Pisse godt
Gert Laursen (6 years ago)
You Are allowed to walk a remote part of the park. The park is Nice old trees and well taken care of. But you Are not allowed to go near the buildings which makes it a dissapointing experience. The property is of cause private. And we should perhaps just be gratefull that we could walk the lawn. But it is not worth driving a long distance for.
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