Kappel Church was constructed as a chapel around 1464. It was as a pilgrimage site believed to have healing properties. After the Reformation there were orders to pull down the building, possibly owing to Catholic connections. This never occured and it became a parish church. The pulpit was introduced in the 17th century. The altarpiece is an 1860 painting by Jørgen Roed.

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Founded: c. 1464
Category: Religious sites in Denmark
Historical period: Kalmar Union (Denmark)

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Danni Nørgaard Dybskou (16 months ago)
Nice smaller church.
Danni Nørgaard Dybskou (16 months ago)
Nice smaller church.
John Hansen (2 years ago)
Some letters have been preserved about Kappel Church's earliest history. It appears from this that it was built as a chapel shortly before 1464 at the behest of the peasants in the western part of Vestenskov parish, of which Kappel was a part. The rationale was that the road to Vestenskov was bad, especially in winter. But the construction of a chapel did not have to become the parish priest in Vestenskov for financial damage. The letters are mainly about complaints from the same parish priest, and in 1570 the chapel was ordered to be broken down, allegedly due to abuse and idolatry at a nearby source. However, the order did not come to fruition. According to tradition, the church is listed as a chapel in connection with the said source, which is not mentioned in the oldest letters. In 1685 Kappel church became a parish church, but only in 1882 did Kappel become an independent pastorate. The church is built of red monks, which are later whitewashed. It originally consisted of choir and ship. Probably the church room, or at least the choir, was supposed to have vaults, with the walls being provided with pillars. On the north side of the ship, remains of the woman's door are seen. In front of the man's door in the south is a porch, the current one is from 1942. On the south side of the choir is a priest's door. The church's distinctive rooftops from the mid-19th century have been restored in 1987.
John Hansen (2 years ago)
Some letters have been preserved about Kappel Church's earliest history. It appears from this that it was built as a chapel shortly before 1464 at the behest of the peasants in the western part of Vestenskov parish, of which Kappel was a part. The rationale was that the road to Vestenskov was bad, especially in winter. But the construction of a chapel did not have to become the parish priest in Vestenskov for financial damage. The letters are mainly about complaints from the same parish priest, and in 1570 the chapel was ordered to be broken down, allegedly due to abuse and idolatry at a nearby source. However, the order did not come to fruition. According to tradition, the church is listed as a chapel in connection with the said source, which is not mentioned in the oldest letters. In 1685 Kappel church became a parish church, but only in 1882 did Kappel become an independent pastorate. The church is built of red monks, which are later whitewashed. It originally consisted of choir and ship. Probably the church room, or at least the choir, was supposed to have vaults, with the walls being provided with pillars. On the north side of the ship, remains of the woman's door are seen. In front of the man's door in the south is a porch, the current one is from 1942. On the south side of the choir is a priest's door. The church's distinctive rooftops from the mid-19th century have been restored in 1987.
Britt og Ib Walbum (2 years ago)
Nice little village church. Key to the church is available from the priest or contact the engraver.
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