Romanesque Church and Rune Stones

Trip Start Aug 25, 2007
Trip End Dec 20, 2007

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Saturday, September 29, 2007

Our last stop of the day was to a very old church in a tiny little town.  I'm not positive but it may be the oldest in Denmark or the oldest intact church...regardless it's old and built in the Romanesque style.

Denmark was generally not a very rich country, so depite the church being ridiculously small and not even comparable to a French cathedral, this church was considered really huge and amazing.

Since it's Romanesque, it's a very thick, heavy looking church with few windows.  There also are still a few frescos although many were whitewashed during the Reformation.  Also, you'll notice that the outside is made of natural stones but switches to brick.  Most churchs and important building in Denmark are made of brick instead of stone.  Or they use natural different shaped stones.  This church was made when brick was new technology so the church quickly switched to it.

Outside the church there is a rune stone which can be found all over Denmark. 

Also a small cemetery surrounds the church.  Like the Bornholm church, all of the graves were mostly from the last 10 years even though it's an old church.  Mortem, our Nordic mythology professor, explained it's because you have to pay so much to have a grave.  He recently received a notice for his wife's grave.  Her 10 years were up and if he wanted to "lease" another 10 years, it would take a lot of money.  Something around $100...a MONTH.  Therefore, people don't keep graves for very long.  At the end of the 10 years, they dig you up, grind you up and throw you in the fields.  A very "Christian" practice...
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