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The photo shows a small shed that is part of the industrial heritage of “Cathrinesminde Teglværk”. This recently restored brickwork is very scenically situated on the banks of the Flensborg Fjord in South Jutland near the small town of Broager (you can see the towers of Broager Church in the background). It is today a museum with all facilities like drying shed, machines, tile products and furnished workers' houses. Cathrinesminde originates from 1732 and it was only one of 70 (!) brickworks that had been established in this area around 1720. It was a very big brick- and tile industry then. Since Denmark had colonies in the West Indies, the sailing ships often took bricks as ballast before crossing the Atlantic.
The brickworks exploited the deposits of clay of this area; in the background you can see that the sun is illuminating a coastal escarpment. From those places the clay was taken. The tiles were for instance used for the reconstruction of Copenhagen after the disastrous fire in 1728. Cathrinesminde was taken out of service in 1968. The museum is an interesting heritage from the time, when people lived from their own subsoil. But it is not only a museum it is also a theatre, a gallery and even a christmas market takes place here.
You can also see that the entire shore is covered with pieces of red and yellow bricks, it was the easiest way to dispose of faulty ones.

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