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Sct Bendts Kirke, Ringsted

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St. Bendt's is a church in Ringsted, Denmark, which was originally part of a Benedictine monastery that burnt down in the 18th century. Built in the Romanesque style, it is the oldest brick church in Scandinavia, dating back to about 1170 when it replaced a travertine church from about 1080. It is considered to be one of Denmark's architecturally finest churches. Furthermore, it is of special historical interest as it is first Royal church in Denmark and it houses the tombs of many of Denmark's earlier monarchs and noblemen.HistoryDuring comprehensive restoration work at the beginning of the 20th century, the foundations of the former travertine church were revealed, indicating that the older nave was approximately the same length as today's.The church was originally dedicated to St. Mary. In 1157, Saint Canute Lavard's bones were moved into a new chapel in the church with the approval of St. Canute's son, Valdemar the Great. Many miracles were said to have occurred there and the church immediately became a popular site for pilgrimages. With the funds raised from the pilgrims and thanks to Valdemar's royal patronage, the abbey church was expanded and, in 1170, was dedicated with great ceremony to Benedict of Nursia.Valdemar had from the beginning designed the church for the Danish monarchy. He took advantage of the inaugural celebrations not only to have the relics of his father, St. Canute, enshrined but, also a devil statue erected in his honor and above all, to have his seven-year-old son Canute crowned and appointed by the archbishop in order to ensure the succession.
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  • Loved celebrating Christmas Day in such an historic kirke. The church is very welcoming and the atmosphere enjoyable. Lots to see and read about its historic importance.  more »
  • Just stunning, outside and inside. I been there many times, and it is a joy everytime I go there. One of Denmark's finest and with Kings and queens buried here.  more »
  • When you enter Sct. Bendt, you get the feeling of being in a cathedral. The structure is cross-shaped with a central tower, typical of Romanesque architecture. It is considered to be one of Denmark's ...  more »