Sct Bendts Kirke, Ringsted

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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  • Was in connection with the summer break past the St. Bendt's Church, since children could remember that there were tendons from the Church in the Christmas calendar ' Absalon's Secret '. Very fine Church, where you can walk around and enjoy absolutely free murals and sense the Church's long history.
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  • Located in a green area, where there is ample opportunity for picnic. Often the Church Centre for various events, such as Classic cars and middelalderuge. The story about the Church is both exciting and fascinating, if you care about the story.
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  • Surprisingly, this was never a cathedral, but the Danish kings and their kin were buried in this church in the 1100-1200s and are now resting under its floor. The statue in front of it is of Valdemar ...  more »

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