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The building of Lojt Kirkeby Parish Church was started in the first decades of the 12th Century. The exact year is not known for certain. The church - a magnificent Romanesque fieldstone church - was an enormous project, ca. 2500 huge fieldstones and a not identified number of smaller fieldstones had to be carried to the building lot. This was done by the local peasants during the winter months, collecting the stones in the fields. The paths they used became later the main roads of the Parish and they are still existing.
The church, as it otherwise stands today, is the result of radical rebuilding in the Gothic style, undertaken from 1400 till about 1560. Red bricks were used, a kind of material not otherwise used in Denmark before approx. 1200. The outer walls of the church are the only surviving Romanesque elements today.
This stately church, a landmark, is situated on a hill above the landscape of Lojt-Land near Aabenraa in Southern Jutland. It is dedicated to Saint George.
Saint George was a soldier in the Guard of Emperor Diocletian in the Roman Empire and one of the Fourteen Holy Helpers, and is considered the biggest patron saint of all times, “ruling” over a wide range of professions, organizations and disease sufferers.

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