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4 churches to experience

There can be many different reasons why a church should be visited. In our area we have churches that should be visited for the following reasons; impressive building, lavish furnishings, beautiful chalk paintings or the association with a well-known priest.

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Løgumkloster church

Løgum Church was founded by Cistercian monks around 1173. However, no remains of the oldest monastery in Løgum have been found. But the impressive church building still stands to this day. The buildings around the church are build in the years of 1225 - 1235.

When you stand in the flat landscape, Løgumkloster Church rises up with the cross-shaped building, which leaves you impressed! If you venture inside the church and find yourself standing in the church room you will find peace looking up at the great building and you are once again impressed by its size of construction.
The church is built from local building materials. The monks' stones are made from clay from Løgumbjerge northwest of Løgumkloster, the plinth from boulders from fields in the area, and the lime is fired from mussel shells from the Wadden Sea.

Tønder Christ Church seen from the inside - @Bjarke Petersen - Visit Rømø & Tønder
Tønder Christ Church seen from the inside - @Bjarke Petersen - Visit Rømø & Tønder

Tønder Christ Church

The Christ church is one of the churches in Denmark which is richest in old furnishings. The economic basis for this vast amount of relics, which dates predominantly from the late 16th century to a little into the 18th century, is the city's grain and stud trade, as well as the lace industry. The irelics tells about life and death, about the patrician city government and its leading families, about Danish, German and Frisian population attitudes, about changing trends in fashion, about Flensburg and Tønder carvers and their hesitant attitude towards new trends.


Møgeltønder church

Prince Joachim has used the church for both weddings and christenings, but the church holds many other exciting and funny stories, some of which are linked to the ceiling and chalk paintings. 
The deadly paintings on the ceiling - was painted by the the local painter Johan and Sønnik Sønnichsen in 1740, but was overpainted with gray paint from 1837 to 1976. In Ubjerg church, south of Tønder, there is a similar set of ceiling paintings that are very similar to Møgeltønder's in technique and choice of motifs.

The chalk painting with the Three Kings - Count Hans Schack (1609-76), who received a sheriff of Riberhus and Møgeltønder in 1661, is pictured as one of the three kings. Depicting famous people is not unusual, but rare on frescoes. And especially on chalk painting that were made more than 50 years before the person was born, because the chalk painting are from approximately 1550. The explanation is that the chalk painting in the chancel were restored by A.W. Wilckens from 1894-98. But Wilckens did not content himself with restoration – he repainted and re-composed decorations and also changed persons, as is the case with the front of the Holy three kings, which became Hans Schack.
If you want to read more fun and exciting stories about Møgeltønder Church before you visit it.

Randerup Church

It is so nicely located, on the northern outskirts of Randerup, on a small rise, with wind-blown trees to the west and north. Completed around the year 1200, construction period is perhaps around 1130-50 (choir and nave) and built in Romanesque style. It is believed that building material that was left over from the construction of the cathedral in Ribe was used here.
However, the reason why we think the church should be visited is this; The psalmist H. A. Brorson was born in Randerup vicarage on 20 June 1694. At the age of 28 in 1722, Hans Adolf became priest in Randerup Church where he remained until 1729, then Danish priest in Tønder and finally bishop of Ribe diocese until his death in 1764.

H.A. Broson has composed around 115 of the 791 hymns in The Danish Hymnal. His best-known hymns are "Op al den ting som Gud har gjort" and "Her vil ties, her vil bies" and the Christmas hymn "Den yndigste rose er funden" (danish title).

Worth driving for:

Ribe Cathedral

Ribe Cathedral is both the church for the parish's congregation and the Lutheran-Evangelical main church for the country's geographically largest diocese. There has been a church on this site since the middle of the 8th century. The oldest parts of the present church were built ca. 1150-1225 and with additions until the beginning of the 15th century. This makes Ribe Cathedral Denmark's most significant Romanesque building.

The Civic Tower

Nowhere do you get such a good and broad impression of the landscape of the Wadden Sea as from the 50 m high Borgertårnet's top. From the tower you can see the vast marsh to the west with the Wadden Sea at the far end. Here you get a glimpse of the connection between country and city, which has historically been decisive for any urban development.

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