Torkilstrup Church

Eskilstrup, Denmark

Torkilstrup Church was built of hewn fieldstone rather than brick, indicating it is one of the oldest churches on the island from before 1160. The western part of the chancel and the nave from the Romanesque period are built of hewn fieldstone with a few limestone trimmings. Rounded-arch friezes, sometimes with ornamental lilies, decorate the north and south walls of the nave, indicating an early design. The round-arched south door is still in use while the north door is bricked up. In addition to the Romanesque window in the chancel, there are traces of Romanesque windows in the nave's north wall. The extension of chancel possibly occurred as early as the 14th century but could have been during the Late Gothic period when the tower and porch were added. One of the bells in the tower is dated 1491.

The low Romanesque chancel arch was probably adapted when cross-vaulting was added to the nave in the Gothic period. Traces of frescos from the second half of the 15th century have been found in the vaults. The altarpiece (1650) is the work of Jørgen Ringnis, as is the pulpit (1640). The altar painting (1840) is by Lucie Marie Ingemann, depicting the Bible story Suffer the little children to come unto me. An Early Gothic crucifix from c. 1300 hangs in the church. B. S. Ingemann's father, Søren Ingemann, is buried under the floor in the west section of the nave. The almost barrel-shaped Romanesque font of sculpted granite has a rope-shaped rim.

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Founded: 12th century
Category: Religious sites in Denmark
Historical period: The First Kingdom (Denmark)

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Jonn Meilestrup (2 years ago)
beautiful church with good atmosphere.
maiken jensen (3 years ago)
John Hansen (3 years ago)
The church has a Romanesque ship and choirs built of cleaved boulders. The choir has later been extended and the church has got a tower in Gothic style. The church is whitewashed. The church's elongated appearance has given it the nickname "Long Maren" It is probably the oldest church on Falster. In the choir and the ship is built a native Gothic vault with lime paints behind the vaults.
Lajla Pedersen (3 years ago)
A nice church
Panna Ildi (4 years ago)
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