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Elmelunde Kirke, Stege

Categories: Churches, Tourist Spots
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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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  • We lived opposite at pension Elmehøj and could easily walk over to the Church, that was open from the early morning. Here was the impressive frescoes by elmelundemsteren, who had many and exciting details to consider.
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  • We were told this was one of the oldest and most beautiful churches in the area and I must agree. Lovely Frescoes inside this well maintained church originally dating from 1085! We also enjoyed the ex...  read more »
  • The oldest church of the island. Interesting building, breakfast Hall. 15 minutes to half year hour is enough to visit it. Free entrance. It is the oldest church on the island. The architecture is very interesting and the frescoes are worth visiting. 15 to 30 minutes are enough to visit. Free entry.
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