Sankt Knuds Kirke, Odense - The Church of St. Knud
Sankt Knuds Kirke, Odense - The Church of St. Knud Reviews
Sep 15, 2007
The history of the church stretches back more than 900 years. Over the ages, it has been converted, extended and altered both inside and out on a number of occasions. The building is probably the most beautiful example of a gothic church in Denmark.
The churce is named after King Knud, who reigned in Denmark from 1080 to 1086. He was killed on 10 July 1086 after a peasant revolt that took Knud from the nothern part of the kingdom to Odense, ending in Sankt Albani Kirke - Church of St. Alban`s close by. Here the king was slain by the rebels, along with his brother Bendikt and 17 retainers, all of whom had sought in the church.
In April 1100, the king was canonised bt Pope Paschalis II in Rome. This made King Knud the first saint in the history of the Danish catholic church.
The church burned partially down in 1247. The west tower was added in the 1580s.
To day the church is about 62 metres long and 22 metres wide. It consists of a nave and two aisles, seperated by two rows pilars. The hight of the nave is 20 metres. Light streams into the nave from windows abowe the somewhat lower aisles.
The beautiful rococo pulpit was built in 1750s.
The baptismal font is made of bronze and brass, dating 1620.
The organ is in the back of the church, high up, the facade of the organ is extremely beautiful.
The first that caught my eyes in the church is the incredibly and well executed triotyc from 1520s. The altarpiece is one of the most beautiful medieval I have seen. The side panels of the woodcarving with a generous coating of 23 carat gold leaf, depict the Passion of Crist. Christ on the cross, surrounded by a number of saint. Above and below are depicitions of Mary being crowned Queen of Heaven and the Virgin Mary and her mother Anna with the infant Christ.
The church walls and ceiling is clean white. This gives the churche lightness together with the beautiful windows. The inside of the church is a strong contrest to the outside red-brown stones.
Do not pass by the church if you visit Odensa, take a look inside. Guarantee you will not regret.
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