Hårslev Kirke

Photo: Ivan Møllebjerg

Hårslev Church with the high tower in the foreground

Photo: Ivan Møllebjerg

Hårslev Church from the inside with the altarpiece in the middle

Photo: Ivan Møllebjerg

Hårslev Church seen from the cemetery

Hårslev Church was built in the 12th century.

The church has been rebuilt many times, the first time in the late Middle Ages, when the church was expanded both to the east and west and got a tower and chapel to the north. In order to raise money for expansions and rebuilding, the church has several times been allowed to sell indulgences before the Reformation - this meant that people could obtain forgiveness of sins by, among other things, giving land and gold to the church. However, the church was plundered for all the gold and silver during the Reformation in 1536, so in that way some of the peasants got their gifts back again ...

During the war between Sweden and Denmark in 1657-1660, the Swedish soldiers looted Hårslev, and the residents sought refuge in the church with their most valuable belongings, but it did not help them. The Swedes sawed a hole in the church door so that an armed soldier could enter.

In 1694, famous Danish psalmist and Bishop of Funen Thomas Kingo bought the churches in Hårslev and Skovby, and shortly after that, Provost Karstens from Hårslev married Thomas Kingo (61 years) and his third wife Birgitte Balslev (31 years). Thomas Kingo died in 1703.

Worth seeing

  • After all, a number of Medieval effects have been preserved in the church: A Romanesque granite baptismal font; and a chancel crucifix from around the year 1500.
  • The pulpit from around the year 1600 is in renaissance style with richly carved reliefs. In 1928, the pulpit was painted and gilded. It is very similar to the pulpits in Bogense and Ribe Cathedral.
  • The altarpiece is from 1845 and depicts the Annunciation of the Virgin Mary.

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