onsdag den 25. juli 2012
Anchors at a museum in Thorsminde for stranded ships. The west coast has claimed the lives of many sailors whose ships stranded there, not least the British ship, St. George, which stranded near Thorsminde Christmas night 1811. Another British ship, the Defence, suffered the same fate the same night at the same place. Between 1300 and 1400 lives were lost. Only 17 survived.
The museum is named after St. George.
mandag den 16. juli 2012
The Jelling Runic Stones are on Unesco's World Heritage List. The smallest one was erected by King Gorm the Old in memory of his wife, Thyra. This one, the biggest, is called Denmark's Certificate of Babtism and was erected by King Harald Bluetooth.
The inscription says "King Harald ordered this monument to be made in memory of Gorm, his father, and Thyra, his mother. The Harald who won all Denmark and Norway and christened the Danes." The last sentence is placed below the oldest picture of Christ in the Northern countries, hence the certificate of babtism.
Jelling Church seen from one of the mounds (the one on the other side of the church held the grave of Danish king Gorm the Old until he was reburied inside the church). The church, the mounds, and the runic stones (see post above) are on Unesco's World Heritage List.
The frescoes, clearly inspired by Byzantine art, are copies of the first frescoes in Denmark.
torsdag den 5. juli 2012
Børglum Abbey is from 1060. For a brief period, Augustine monks lived here, but pretty soon the Premonstratensian order took over and stayed there until the Reformation in 1536. The abbey played a central role in national and European politics for centuries. Today it's privately owned.
Brother Eskild greets visitors at the entrance to the old herb garden.
The church is from 1100-1200.
The fifteenth century crucifix.
onsdag den 4. juli 2012
tirsdag den 3. juli 2012
It's not a joke or an illusion. Save for the tower, St Laurentii (Laurence) Church is buried in sand. The church dates back to 1387, but in 1795 it had to be closed due to drifting sand. Burials were still held there occasionally until 1810, where the sand made that impossible, too. Below there is a sketch of how the church used to look before the sand came. It was whited when it was decided to use it as a landmark for ships at sea.
Grenen - The Branch - is the most northern tip of Denmark. If you look closely, you can see the waves coming from two sides. The two oceans, Kattegat and Skagerak, meet here. This part of Denmark grows 10 meters every year.
For the ideal picture, there would be only sand and water. Grenen is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Denmark, though, so there are almost always people around. The people show the most nothern part of Denmark very well, though.
søndag den 1. juli 2012
The English frigate, The Crescent, shipwreched at Mårup in 1808. Denmark and England were at war at that time after the English had bombed Copenhagen in 1807, and the survivors from the ship were exchanged for Danish prisoners of war. More than 200 from The Crescent died. 69 survived.
The anchor was salvaged and displayed at the cemetery in 1939.
The old Mårup Church has been partly taken down. Erosion has eaten away at the land, and before the holy ground will be gone.
The old bell tower - and the bell - are still left.
Parts of the old cemetery have already been lost to the ocean, and many of the graves still left are overgrown and forgotten.
The lighthouse at Rubjerg Knude first lit its light in 1900. It is 23 meters high, but over the years much of it has been swallowed by sand. It closed down in 1968 when the authorities gave up fighting the sand, that has swallowed the smaller buildings around the lighthouse. Today the dune has moved past the lighthouse, and within the next decades it will tumble into the ocean due to erosion.
Rubjerg Knude was created about 28,000 years ago when the ice came down from Norway and pushed up the cliff as it appears today.