Discovering and photographing the unknown beauty of Europe
Friday 20 July. The Viking and I have a look at the map of Denmark and we realize that until then, we have neglected the west-side of Fyn. Time to change this and we decide to start our exploration in Assens.
When we arrive in the center of this small town, we are not impressed. I don’t know what exactly we were looking for, but what we see is not to our liking. We see a lot of shops, pubs and restaurants … and that’s it. And as usual, we end up in the harbor.
But this is more an industrial harbor and the small marina itself seems to be so insignificant amidst the high buildings. There is also a ferry which takes you to the small island of Bågø, where you can hike. So, is this it? Some shops and pubs and a harbor? The Viking and I both have the feeling that we are missing something … When we turn around the car to continue our exploration, we finally see the real star of Assens: the Church of Our Lady.
If you look at this post, you have an idea of what an average Danish church looks like. In short, they are usually white and have a step-roof. But the church we see here in Assens is completely different; with its red brick, it looks more like a catholic church! The tower has an octagonal upper part, which is also unusual in Denmark.
We have a closer look and go to the church. Apparently, this is the 2nd biggest church on Fyn. It dates back from the 15th century, or in other words, it was built before the Reformation, which explains why it looks more catholic than Lutheran. At least from the outside.
Once we are inside the church, a surprise awaits us. Here, most traces of the catholic origins of the building have simply disappeared! We see the familiar white walls and the sober decoration again. The altar piece and the pulpit date from the 17th century. We quickly notice a funny detail on this pulpit, namely an hourglass. Is this to ensure that the priest doesn’t preach too long? There are also a painting and a sculpture in the church, both dating from the 19th century, during which the building underwent some restoration.
All in all, this is a little gem. Can you imagine that we almost missed this?
Here are the other pictures!