Damsholte Church

Stege, Denmark

Damsholte Church is the only village church in the country built in the Rococo style. It is considered to be one of Denmark's finest Rococo buildings. The church is unusual parish church. At the beginning of the 18th century, the population of Damsholte and its surroundings had grown so much that there was a real need for a local church. That, at any rate, was the opinion of Provost Jæger in nearby Stege. It is said that at a sumptuous reception in honour of a royal visit by Christian VI, he convinced the king that Damsholte should become a parish in its own right. There is no historical record of the incident but, in any event, in 1740 there was a royal decree that the western part of Stege parish should be separated off.

The king contributed 3,000 rigsdaler to the cost of building the church. Each of the other churches on Møn contributed 1,000 rigsdaler while all the other churches in Denmark contributed 1 rigsdaler each.

Designed by Philip de Lange, one of the most prominent architects of the day, the church was completed in 1743. A finely proportioned Rococo church thus came into being in the midst of West Møn's pleasant rolling farmland, the only one of its kind in a Danish village.

The church consists of a rectangular nave with two pentagonal extensions to east and west. White pilasters decorate each of the corners. Christian VI's monogram can be seen in the triangular gables topping the outer walls of the nave. The west door and all the windows have rounded arches. The red-tiled roof is divided into three main sections covering the nave and the extensions. At the western end of the building, it is crowned with an octagonal lantern and onion spire. The bright, yellow-tinted exterior with its onion spire is impressive enough. But those entering the double doors and proceeding through the small inner porch are struck by the rather sombre, well-ordered interior with its pious restraint and dominant altarpiece. Monumental pillars supporting the gallery stretch down either side of the nave to the lofty altar with its integrated pulpit, set high above the triptych. All built of wood, they are painted in subdued tones of grey.

The austerity of Lutheran pietism is ubiquitous. A modern triptych of Jesus' crucifixion with the two robbers on either side decorates the altar. It was completed in 1993 by Sven Havsteen-Mikkelsen. On the northern wall, there is a picture of Christ by Eckersberg (1825) while a recently restored figure of Christ occupies a small niche. To one side, a memorial plaque honours those who fell in the war of 1864. On the south wall, there is a picture of the resurrection by Niels Skovgaard together with a portrait of Damsholte's first pastor, Rasmus Platou. Hanging in the nave, a faithful copy of the warship Prince Christian commemorates the part it played in theBattle of Zealand Point in March 1808. The two brass candlesticks on the altar were donated at the church's consecration. The wrought iron altar rails display the monograms of Christian VI and Sophia Magdalen. The font, surprisingly enough, is made of wood complete with wooden cover.

In the churchyard, there is a burial mound for the Tutein family which, for a time, lived in Marienborg Manor which stands behind it. To the north óf the church, a burial vault houses the remains of Antoine de la Calmette, who was governor of Møn and Nykøbing, and his wife Lisa Iselin, for whom he createdLiselund, a park adjacent to Møns Klint at the eastern end of the island.

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Grønsundvej 294, Stege, Denmark
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Founded: 1743
Category: Religious sites in Denmark
Historical period: Absolutism (Denmark)

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Henrik Hansen (6 months ago)
Nice church in beautiful surroundings
Katrin “K.” M (6 months ago)
Small rococo style church built between 1741 and 1743. It is located next to the Marienborg estate. The interior of the church is made of wood and is decorated in a muted, reserved gray tone. An original copy of the ship Prinz Christian from the 1808 battle of Sjaellands Odde hangs in the nave. Everything is concentrated on the altar with the pulpit above it. The altarpiece is by Sven Havsteen-Mikkelsen and shows Jesus and the two robbers on the cross. Behind the church on the left is the burial mound of the Tutein family, who owned the Marienborg estate for a long time. On the north side of the church are the coffins of Lisa Iselin and Marienborg District Marshal Antoine de la Calmette, who had Liselund Castle built. The church and cemetery are surrounded by a stone wall that overlooks a pond, the surrounding grassland and Marienborg. There are beautiful, old chestnut trees in this atmospheric place.
Søren Vilain (2 years ago)
Beautiful church. Both inside and outside. With its very own distinctive features compared to most Danish medieval churches.
Lene Haun (2 years ago)
A completely different church, really beautiful
Jan Sognnes Rasmussen (4 years ago)
A beautiful and unusual village church built in Baroque style with elegant yellowwashed Rococo facades. The church was built in 1741-43 according to royal decree 1740 from Christian 6. The reason was that the population had increased significantly in Damsholte and the surrounding area. Damsholte parish was thus separated from the western part of Stege parish. The architect was Philip de Lange, who worked in the period 1729-60, as Copenhagen's greatest architect, contractor and master mason after the city burned in 1728.
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