Locbjerg Church

Lodbjerg Church is Denmark's second-smallest. But it has been of great significance to the people in the harsh landscape

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The parish moved, but the church remained

Today, the congregation of Lodbjerg Church has quite a distance to travel for worship. It's because of the sand drift. When the church was built around 1500, the village of Skovsted and the main estate Rotbøl were located in the parish. However, just around 50 years after the new church was built, the parish priest reported that the Lodbjerg Parish was severely affected by sand. The sand drift was so severe that the farmers moved away. Nevertheless, the church and the cemetery were maintained, along with the struggle to keep the sand away from the cemetery and entrance.

Today, Lodbjerg parish is quite small in terms of population. Around 40 people live here. It's not possible to determine with certainty when the church was built, but it is likely that the church was constructed in the late 15th century or the early 16th century.


It is not possible to determine with certainty when the church was built, but it is likely that the church was constructed in the late 15th century or the early 16th century.

You can see Late Gothic frescoes on the chancel arch wall. To the north, you'll find an image of the Virgin Mary with the Infant Jesus. On the wall near the pulpit, you'll see an image of a snake on a cross, which is a symbol of Christ. The altarpiece and pulpit date from around 1600. The church's baptismal font is older than the church itself. In 2008, the church received a new decoration by the artist Maja Lisa Engelhardt, who also provided colors for the rest of the church's furnishings based on the ochre-red and golden color play of the frescoes.

From the churchyard of one of the country's smallest churches, you can see the large Vestervig Church to the south. In contrast, it is Denmark's largest village church. Its unusual size is due to its construction in the 12th century as a monastery church.


Baunhøje If you take the path north of the church, you will reach the burial mounds known as Baunhøje. From here, you have a wide view of the dune landscape. The name comes from the earlier use of the highest burial mound as a "bavnehøj." A fire on this mound could be seen from the next "bavnehøj." In this way, signals could be quickly relayed throughout the region, for example, if an enemy was approaching. The last "bavnebål" was lit in 1848.

The burial mounds were constructed 3,500-3,000 years ago, in the early Bronze Age.

The altarpiece in Lodbjerg Church dates back to 1710. The central panel was painted by J.J. Thrane and depicts the institution of the Holy Communion. When the church was restored in 2008, the altarpiece received two new bronze side panels created by Maja Lisa Engelhardt. On the left, there's the crucified Christ, and on the right, the resurrected Christ. The side panels can be closed together to cover the central panel. It is a tradition in Lodbjerg to keep the altarpiece closed during the fasting period, 40 days before Easter.

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The churches of the Klitparish are open every day from 09:00 to 17:00.

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