World Heritages in Denmark Part I

By | September 9, 2021

Herrnhuter Settlement Christiansfeld (World Heritage)

Christiansfeld, which lies between Kolding and Haderslev in southern Jutland, is a well-preserved Danish Moravian settlement. It was founded in 1773 as a settlement of the Brethren from the Saxon Herrnhut and reflects the beliefs of this evangelical free church.

The city was built by the faithful around a central church square with two parallel streets. The strikingly simple church symbolizes the beliefs of equality and harmony as well as the ascetic lifestyle of the fraternity. The groups of buildings with large community houses for widows and single members of the religious community are still functional today. Christiansfeld is one of the best preserved examples of the craft tradition, town planning and architecture of the Moravian Brethren in Northern Europe. The colony is named after the Danish King Christian VII. The fraternity is an evangelical free church that emerged from Pietism. which in its church order (“reason of unity”) emphasizes personal faith and community as brotherhood and service community. It goes back to the Bohemian Brothers, who settled on the Gut Berthelsdorf (Upper Lusatia) of Count Zinzendorf since 1722. The resulting settlement was named Herrnhut. Statutes adopted by the residents of this place in 1727 obliged brotherly love, which should take the place of religious and religious disputes. The new community saw itself as part of the Lutheran Church, but its special institutions and ways of life aroused suspicion and opposition to the Church. The resulting settlement was named Herrnhut. Statutes adopted by the residents of this place in 1727 obliged brotherly love, which should take the place of religious and religious disputes. The new community saw itself as part of the Lutheran Church, but its special institutions and ways of life aroused suspicion and opposition to the Church. The resulting settlement was named Herrnhut. Statutes adopted by the residents of this place in 1727 obliged brotherly love, which should take the place of religious and religious disputes. The new community saw itself as part of the Lutheran Church, but its special institutions and ways of life aroused suspicion and opposition to the Church.

Herrnhuter-Siedlung Christiansfeld: Facts

Official title: Herrnhuter settlement Christiansfeld
Cultural monument: Well-preserved Danish Moravian settlement
Continent: Europe
Country: Denmark
Location: South Jutland
Appointment: 2015
Meaning: One of the best preserved examples of the craft tradition, town planning and architecture of the Moravian Brethren in Northern Europe

Stevns Klint (World Heritage)

This geological world heritage site consists of a 15 kilometer long cliff rich in fossils, which provides evidence that the Chicxulub meteorite hit the earth at the end of the Cretaceous period, around 65 million years ago. Scientists suspect that this event was responsible for an incomparable mass extinction that wiped out over half of all life on earth.

Although the coastal strip is in Denmark, so far from the impact of the meteorite off the coast of the Mexican peninsula Yucatan, Stevns Klint occupies an exceptional position in science: Among hundreds of places where the sediment precipitation of the ash cloud caused by the meteorite can be proven, Stevns Klint is the most important and also the most accessible.

The breathtaking number of fossils clearly illustrates the sequence in which fauna and microfauna have recovered after the mass extinction.

Stevns Klint: Facts

Official title: Stevns Klint
Natural monument: 15 km long chalk cliffs, up to 41 m above sea level; the coastal strip bears witness to the impact of the Chicxulub meteorite around 65 million years ago, which led to the extinction of around 50% of all life on earth (including dinosaurs); the sediment layers of Stevns Klint document the ash deposit as a result of the impact; abundant fossil finds illustrate the fauna before the impact as well as its recovery after the disaster.
Continent: Europe
Country: Denmark
Location: Southeast of the Danish island of Zealand in the Baltic Sea
Appointment: 2014
Meaning: Central position for the scientific investigation of mass deaths from meteorite impacts; thus an essential contribution to the definition and explanation of the so-called Cretaceous-Tertiary boundary approx. 65 million years ago

Kronborg Castle near Helsingør (World Heritage)

Kronborg is best known for Shakespeare’s drama “Hamlet”, the plot of which the poet set here. The mighty complex still towers over the Øresund today. Shipping traffic between Denmark and Sweden was once guarded from here. In the 16th century, the building was converted into a magnificent palace and residence of the royal family. Check shoe-wiki to see Top 10 Sights in Denmark.

Kronborg Castle near Helsingør: facts

Official title: Kronborg Castle near Helsingør
Cultural monument: Fortress built in the 15th century at a strategically important point on the Öresund between Denmark and Sweden near Helsingør on the Danish Zealand. subsequently rebuilt into a four-wing renaissance castle; expanded and reinforced several times; Renaissance chapel, knight’s hall (over 60 m long), guest room with valuable tapestries (17th century), sandstone figures, in the casemates a memorial to the “sleeping Holger Danske”; world famous as the setting for the drama “Hamlet” by William Shakespeare
Continent: Europe
Country: Denmark
Location: Elsinore on Zealand
Appointment: 2000
Meaning: Outstanding example of a renaissance castle; important role in the history of Northern Europe

Kronborg Castle near Helsingør (World Heritage)