A different Denmark – Visiting a Danish church is …

… not the same as a visiting a Belgian church.

I still remember my first visit to a church in Denmark with Lars. My beloved had taken me to Roskilde, where we going to have a look at the cathedral, which belongs to the UNESCO World Heritage List. I was looking forward to this visit, since I could only associate Roskilde with its famous rock festival.

I was in for a couple of surprises. First, I had to get used to the simple decoration of the cathedral. Catholic churches and cathedrals tend to be lavishly decorated. This doesn’t mean that I thought that the cathedral of Roskilde wasn’t beautiful or magnificent, I just had to get used to a different culture and religion.

But then came the biggest surprise. When I had finished taking my first pictures, I saw Lars walking on the altar… I gasped. I looked around me, since I was convinced that any minute a priest would come running towards him, screaming ‘Sacrilege!’, but this didn’t happen.

Afterwards we could laugh with this ‘incident’, because it seems to be common practice for Danish people to walk around this part of the church. But in Catholic churches in Belgium this is really a forbidden place and even now, after having visited dozens of Danish churches, I stay away from the altar. It just doesn’t feel right.

Anyway, back to our church in Nyborg. What a gem! Some of the highlights are:

  • The Baroque Pulpit, which was built in the 17th century.
  • The renaissance font and canopy.
  • The 1649 Wrought iron gate.
  • The crucifix.
  • The Apostles Chandelier.

Simply beautiful!

10 Comments

  • analfabetul March 5, 2013 at 5:37 pm

    Reblogged this on Photo from around the world.

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    • Ingrid D. March 5, 2013 at 5:39 pm

      Thanks and welcome to the blog!

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  • niasunset March 5, 2013 at 5:39 pm

    beautiful so beautiful… the colours fascinated me dear Ingrid, Thanks and Love, nia

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    • Ingrid D. March 5, 2013 at 6:08 pm

      It is indeed such a beautiful church!

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  • ShruTroup March 5, 2013 at 6:01 pm

    I love churches that are not too ornate. Their simplicity evokes calmness and serenity. Thanks for sharing!

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    • Ingrid D. March 5, 2013 at 6:07 pm

      You’re welcome!

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  • OwlMcCloud March 5, 2013 at 6:11 pm

    Breath taking shots and beautiful place!

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    • Ingrid D. March 6, 2013 at 5:24 pm

      Thanks! And we could finally visit it!

      Reply
  • unclerave March 7, 2013 at 3:39 pm

    I am with Shru Trou!

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