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Elmelunde Church, famous for its frescoes, is located in the village of Elmelunde, on the main road from Stege to the white cliffs of Mon, Denmark. It is the oldest church on the island of Mon, apparently built where a wooden church had been. A flat mound, to the north of the church, is even older, 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 side walls 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 commenced around 1300 finishing around 1500. The wooden ceiling was replaced by Gothic crossvaulting in 1462.
Altar and Pulpit. The richly carved altar, 1646, was a gift from King Christian IV’s daughter Leonora Christiana, and her husband, Corfitz Ulfeldt. The central from depicts the institution of the Holy Communion. The sides present the evangelists Mark and John.
The pulpit, also a present from the Ulfeldts, is borne by the apostle Peter and is from the year 1649.
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See also my photo “Frescoes, Elmelunde Church, Denmark” for further information