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Denmark was for many centuries a seafaring nation. The best known Danish sailors are possibly the Vikings. When Denmark was christianised as early as in 926, the vikings were still there, and for many centuries a great number of the men would be away to sea a lot of the time. For this reason, it is tradition that a model of a ship is suspended from the ceiling in practically every church in the country. This symbol should both remind of those away and protect them by bringing a replica of their vessel into the house of God. The paintings in the background are the famous medieval renderings of stories from the bible. As sermons were held in Latin until the reformation, these illustrations (so-to-speak the television of the early middle ages) were probaly a welcome distraction to the churchgoers of the period. As most of them couldn't read either, this was a good way to make the stories from the Holy Book available to eveyone.
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Additional Photos by Per Hoj (hojper) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 558 W: 123 N: 863] (2832)
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