St. Nicolai Church

Vejle, Denmark

St. Nicolai Church dates to the 13th century. Originally built in late Romanesque style and dedicated to the patron saint of merchants and seafarers, the church is the oldest building in the community. Renovations in the 15th century developed the church into a Gothic hall with two transepts and a tower 27.2 m high.

On display in a glass-covered sarcophagus in the northern transept are the remains of the Haraldskær Woman, one of the best conserved of the iron age bog bodies. The southern transept houses the sarcophagi of Kai de la Mare and his wife. The exterior brick wall of the north transept has an interesting feature of 23 spherical indentations approximately 15 cm in diameter, which hold the skulls of 23 robbers who were caught and beheaded in the nearby Nørreskov forest. In front of the church stands a sculpture of the priest Anders Sørensen Vedel.

The church was seriously damaged during the Thirty Years' War by the Catholic troops of Wallenstein. Since that time it has undergone several major restorations: in 1744, 1855-56, 1887-88 and 1964-66.

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

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kURT ANDERSEN (2 years ago)
Ok
Johnny Nielsen (2 years ago)
Really a nice renovation they got done in church
Ææoo Kjjkkjfdd (2 years ago)
Ok
Marta Cogorno (2 years ago)
Great architecture
Eva Kristensen (2 years ago)
nice church with beautiful glass mosaic windows. Remember to look at the wall outside where there are 23 odd holes. These are main shells that are walled in around 1630
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