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Klemensker Church


*rolls up sleeves to translate Danish while knowing only Swedish*

The landscape around Klemensker is full of wellsprings and has been settled since olden times.

According to legend, when the church was built the ‘underground’ (legendary creature?) lived in a (the?) hill and so they had to move to Bjørnegården, where they later demanded tribute of (from?) a traveling ‘bjørneækker’ (nothing can translate it). Portion of the sign I can’t read.

The middle age church was built of rough hewn boulders and consisted of an apse, choir, ship and tower. It was the only one on Bornholm with brick arches throughout the church. Under the choir was a crypt, used for the burials of nobles, officials and some of Simblegård’s owners. In the 1400’s a large porch was added in front of the south door, and later a bell tower with the lower half built of boulders and the upper portion of timber.

The church’s tower was almost torn down in 1798 and stood only second in height to the vessel walls. (clearly bad translation, but can’t figure out what they mean in English terms.) Gradually, the church became too small for the parish and in 1881, the residents decided to demolish it and the belltower to build a new church. Architech L.H. Kundsen, København, designed the new church. It was inaugurated December 3, 1882. The church has seating for 700 and is one of Denmark’s largest country churches.

Outside the church’s choir stand three runestones with three others set into the churchyard wall, ranging in dates from the Viking Age to early medieval. Four of them were found during the demolition of the old church and the rectory while the others were moved here from other locations in the parish where they stood by bridges. In total 9 stones have been found in the parish.

Oh, apparently set in the wall all around the church are a total of 102 rings used by the parishioners to tether their horses when attending mass. It’s the largest number of rings in any of Bornholm’s churchyard walls.

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