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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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  • The church locate in the small village is worth a visit for its wall paintings. Allthough the motives are religuos some of them are really weird with violence (killing of small children) half-porn (sm...  more »
  • 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 »
  • 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...  more »