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.
I have resized, auto-enhanced and sharpened with PSP.
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Hanssie (10852) 2004-09-05 14:57
A very nice note, interesting, and a nice detail, you show us here, Per, nice colours and the sharpness is good, a difficult shot, or was it a little church maybe ?
mumek (20202) 2004-09-05 18:20
Very nice picture and a great , very interesting note
jhm (155276) 2004-09-06 1:29
A colourful picture Per, excellent note too, very sharp and clear. Well seen!
roshangar (1682) 2004-09-06 23:45
Your shot is creative,well done!
Jeppe (18654) 2004-09-09 17:03
Hi Per - I'm way behind on TE ;-) A fine view of that chuch-ship and the decoration - Next time I visit Marstal must I try to get a shot from the church as well (many ships around here) Thanks for letting us see this.
- Copyright: Per Hoj (hojper) (2832)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2004-08-14
- Categories: Daily Life, Ceremony
- Camera: Olympus C-740 UZ
- Exposure: f/2.6, 1/80 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Danish churches - outside and inside [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2004-09-05 10:37