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Elmelunde Kirke, Stege

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Elmelunde Church, famous for its frescos, is located in the village of Elmelunde, Møn, in southeastern Denmark. It stands high above the surroundings just south of the main road from Stege to the white cliffs of Møn. The impressive whitewashed building can be seen from miles around and has been used as a landmark by sailors in the Baltic Sea.HistoryElmelunde is the oldest church on the island of Møn, apparently constructed on a site where a wooden church once stood. The flat mound, to the north of the church, is even older. It is believed to be a heathen burial ground from the bronze age.The present church dates back to 1085 when parts of the present choir and nave were built in the Romanesque style. Only the triumphal arch and the sidewalls remain from this period.The earliest additions were carried out around the year 1200 when the church was extended towards the west. Work on the tower began around 1300 but was not completed until 1500. The wooden ceiling was replaced by Gothic crossvaulting in 1462.FrescosThe church's many well-preserved frescos or kalkmalerier cover the Gothic vaulting of the nave and choir. Like the murals in two of Møn's other churches, Keldby and Fanefjord, they were painted in the Gothic style by the so-called Elmelunde Master, probably towards the end of the 15th century. In the so-called Biblia pauperum style, they present many of the most popular stories from the Old and New Testaments.
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  • Was the parting of Elms Lunde's female priest through 32 years, the Church was literally filled to the brim. It was very cozy, above all, one could notice that it was a Parish Council which had a good working relationship. Many funny comments and big smile, you got want to come again and see if it will be just as good with the new priest who is to come.
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  • Lovely with the small cemetery and the naïve frescoes so well preserved because covered by plaster in past centuries, after the Reformation. To visit, is an illustrated Bible.
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  • A visit to Denmark is not complete without a visit to the Island of Mon. We were staying on Falster at the beach town of Marielyst and Mon is just a bit more than a hours drive away. There is much to ...  more »