Magleby Church

Borre, Denmark

Magleby Church was originally built in the Romanesque style in the second half of the 13th century. The rounded tops of bricked-in windows from this period can still be seen on either side of the nave. In the 15th and 16th centuries, the church was converted to the Gothic style with cross vaults, Gothic windows and a number of additions and extensions. The tower which dates back to the older parts of the church originally had a twin top but was later covered with a roof.

The Renaissance altar piece is from 1598. The pulpit is oak from 1859. In the churchyard, the graves of Russian and Polish prisoners from the Stutthof concentration camp can be seen. They died in May 1945 shortly after arriving in Denmark on an old river barge with 351 others who survived the ordeal.

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Klintevej 500, Borre, Denmark
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Founded: 13th century
Category: Religious sites in Denmark
Historical period: The First Kingdom (Denmark)

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Mette Molberg (4 months ago)
Var ude at gå Møn-march, så var ikke i kirken ? gik gennem skoven, har aldrig set SÅ mange anemoner før ?
Klaus Johansen (7 months ago)
At great deal of my family on my mothers side is berried there....
Christian Holten (10 months ago)
The tower looks like something in Pomerania, a Hanseatic castle. The place has the right solemn atmosphere
Erik Kjølbye (13 months ago)
Beautiful old Danish village church
Jan Sognnes Rasmussen (14 months ago)
A beautiful medieval village church, whose oldest parts nave and tower are built in Romanesque style around 1200-1250. The church tower is distinctive and distinctive. The shape is due to the masonry of two twin towers. The sacristy and porch were added in the Gothic style in the 15th century. In the 16th century, the choir, which originally had an apse, changed to a two-part longhouse choir. The opening between the porch and the nave is walled, and access to the church is through the tower room.
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