The Sanded Church - Skagen - Denmark

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Attractive piece and historical slice of Denmark!
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A Remarkable - Must See - Tourist Attraction and Historical Venue
One of the most visited historical sites in Denmark is the sand covered church - located on the very top of
the Jutland Peninsula and Denmark's most northerly point.
Skagen - Denmark
The Sand covered church from the 14th century is located right on the top of Denmark in the northern region of Jutland called Vendsyssel - nearby the popular coastal vacation town Skagen. The old parish church called "Saint Laurence" - was once the largest in the region with the biggest congregation in the area.
The Sanded Church - 1880
Old picture of the Sanded Church from around 1880 - which even at that time was a great tourist attraction and historical venue. The church was closed in 1795 for further services - and the red brick tower with the characteristic crow-stepped gables was painted white in 1816.
The Skagen Painters
Skagen is also infamous for its colony of prominent Skagen Painters. One of the most famous paintings “Summer Evening on Skagen's Southern Beach” -painted by P.S. Krøyer 1892 - is displayed at Skagen Museum.
Top Attraction in Denmark
The original tower of the sand covered church at Skagen Dune Plantation was 22 metres high - and at the present only 18 metres are visible. The last service took place in 1795 - and the last burial ceremony was conducted in 1801.
Station building from 1919
The old Station building in Skagen from 1919 - is the most northern terminus in Denmark - and painted in the traditional yellow colour - with a red roof and white coated corners - similar decorated as all the other buildings and houses in Skagen.
The Sanded Church - Skagen
One of the most visited historical sites in Denmark
The Sanded Church - Skagen - Denmark
One of the top tourist attractions and one of the most visited historical sites in Denmark is the sand covered church located in the enormous landscape of the drifting white sandy dunes around the coastal town of Skagen - on the very top of the Jutland Peninsular and Denmark's most northerly point. The church called "Saint Laurence" - a patron saint for the seafarer’s of Skagen - is possibly build in the middle of the 14th century - and was the largest church with the biggest parish and congregation at that time in the northern region of Jutland called Vendsyssel. The sanded church was build with red bricks. The length of the nave was about 45 metres - and the tower with the crow-stepped gables was 22 metres high. At present only 18 metres of the tower is visible. Around the original church and graveyard there was built a 5 metre high brick wall with entrances from north - east and south. After 1816 the entire church tower was painted white.

1775 - The first sandstorm
On Great Prayer Day - “Store Bededag” 1775 - faithful church goers - who were attending service - had to dig their way into the church building - as the door to the main entrance and church porch was covered with drifted sand. The graves at the graveyard was also berried in sand due to the heavy sandstorm the night before - which moved the high sandy dunes on this flat and wind blowing area facing the Kattagat sea. The graveyard was the final burial plot for many prominent locals - as well as the native citizens from this large northerly region in Denmark. The last burial ceremony took place in 1801 - where the family and fellow mourners attended the funeral with sand reaching up to their waists.

1795 - Church closing
In 1775 - the members of the parish together with the priest succeeded to close the church for further services as the church building was nearly covered with sand - and the graveyard was no more visible - but could conduct funerals on these holy grounds. For 20 long years the congregation had battled the various sandstorms and migrating sands - and at last they had to give up to “Mother Nature” - and “God’s Will”. By a royal decree the old parish church was finally closed for ever in 1795.

Hans Christian Andersen - 1859
The world famous Danish fairytale writer and poet Hans Christian Andersen - noted for his imaginary children's stories - visited Skagen in 1859 - and was amazed when he saw the tower of the sand covered church placed in the middle of the dune plantation stretching for kilometers down to the enormous beach area and costal line. The outstanding experience from his journey to Skagen inspired him to write a story called “A Story from the Dunes” in 1860 - and became his fairytale number 91.

The Skagen Painters

Skagen is also recognized for the colony of gifted Skagen Painters - who enjoyed the reputation of a bohemian lifestyle - included not only painters - but also writers and other influential people as well. While only a few were fulltime residents of the Skagen community - they were often joined by friends - especially during the summer months. The favourite and most popular meeting venue and gathering place for the Skagen painters was at the legendary "Brøndum's Hotel" - which is still in operation today.

Skagen on top of Denmark

A "must" see historical venue

The old sand covered church in the heart of the untamed wilderness of the drifting sand dunes is an amazing and quite peculiar site - plus a historical venue that is a “must” to see and experience - while you are spending time in Jutland - and at the most northern tip of Denmark. And while in the Skagen area - visit one of the biggest fishing harbours in Denmark surrounded by the numerous seafood restaurants side by side - plus the charming Skagen city with all the attractive yellow painted houses with red roofs - as well as Skagen Museum - where many of the Skagen Painters master pieces are on display - and last but not least - the widespread sandy beaches that stretches all around the North Jutland peninsular.

The top of Denmark is also called "Grenen" (The Branch) - where the spit is divided by the waters of Skagerrak and Kattegat Seas - and is the very northern point of Denmark. Visitor can actually have both legs in two different Sea areas - when visiting the most northern part of Denmark.

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Bathing at Skagen
There are many child friendly beaches and bathing facilities around Skagen - and also on the eastern side of the spit of Skagen called "Grenen".

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The West Coast of Jutland
Visit the vast and rustic West Coast areas of Jutland - with the ever moving sand dunes - and the fishing boats on the sandy beaches.
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Beside Copenhagen being the major cruise destination in Scandinavia - then several other beautiful and exhilarating cities in Denmark - all filled with a rich history - interesting attractions and an explosion of cultural venues - are visited by intercontinental cruise passengers - as these selected cruise destinations and Danish waterfront townscapes are widely used as the Port of Call for international Cruise Liners cruising the clean and steady waters of Denmark.
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Sealand: Copenhagen - Elsinore - Hundested - Kalundborg
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