Fanefjord Church, Askeby

#5 of 13 in Historic Sites in Vordingborg Municipality
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Fanefjord Church, is a church on the Danish island of Møn. It is located in an open setting overlooking the Baltic Sea inlet of Fanefjord between Store Damme and Hårbølle. Standing majestically on the top of a small hill, the church's red-tiled roof and whitewashed walls can be seen from considerable distances, whatever the direction. The interior is of particular historical interest, in view of the many frescos dating back to the 13th and 16th centuries and Fanefjord Church is considered the most famous attraction on Møn.
The site itself is of considerable historic interest. A few hundred meters to the south of the church there is a particularly long barrow, Grønsalen, the supposed burial ground of Queen Fane (cf Fanefjord) and her husband Grøn Jæger (or Green Hunter) who, according to local folklore, lived some 4,000 years ago. The church's original 7 m high nave dates back to the second half of the 13th century. The cross vaults in the nave were added around 1300. In about 1500, the porch and tower were completed and the choir was built around 1660.
In 1825, the church was bought by the Klintholm Estate which maintained ownership for almost 100 years.
It may appear surprising that such a large church was built at a time (1250 AD) when the parish only had about 300 inhabitants. One explanation may be that there was considerable trade through the fjord with the German Hanseatic ports. The traders may well have contributed to the construction, both financially and by helping with the construction.
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  • This is an unusual church because of its wall and ceiling paintings that make it a true gem. A must if you are around here!  more »
  • Nice short stop on the way to mons cliffs. Same sort of paintings as 2 other churches nearby, beautiful paintings. Albeit a bit childlike  more »
  • Beautiful little church with decorated frescoes from the middle ages. The frescoes are not the usual scenes and with different perspectives than usually. In the entrance hall you can find maps of the paintings both in English, German and Danish. Really worth to check!
  • Amazing Fresco's, everything is so cute. Lovely garden

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