Elmelunde Kirke, Stege

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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  • August 17, 2017
    The small church is typically Danish and you see everywhere in Denmark. The inside is special because of the painted ceilings. I'd rather see the paintings in churches in Italy, but these are original.
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  • August 9, 2017
    You will find not so attractive and descriptive frescoes in many other places. Then stop here and visit the Church. I could especially like painting with fire out of the gate with a big mouth and those poor people on their way into the opposite of heaven. It was marketing that would something. ...
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  • August 1, 2017
    There are a few churches in Mon whose vaults were decorated with frescoes of this artist. There is one to Fanefjorde, another in Keldby and Elmelunde to. The frescoes are a naïve but so easy to interpret art. The birth or the crucifixion do not have to be extrapolated to complex symbols or obstrus. The images are simple and here comes their beauty. Take the time to visit these churches and watch scene by scene to appreciate the quality.
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