September 22, 2021
Along the museum railway is a small platform at Vitaby church.
We did not take the train but walked there.
The church is beautifully situated on a hill
with small terraces and with the sea in the background.
The church is locked since it is to be renovated.
But we are lucky that the caretaker is there and opens for us,
the renovation work has not started so it is safe to go inside.
The oldest parts of the church are from the end of the 12th century.
It was later added other parts, the tower in the 13th century,
when the buttress column was to built to dampen the vibrations
from the bell ringing. The church is initially said to have
been used as a defense facility.
From the beginning of the church is the baptismal font.
The new church in the north with stands is from the 17th and 1800s.
On the north wall of the chancel is a medieval fresco with scenes
from the crucifixion of Jesus.
The triumphal crucifix above the choir is from the 13th century.
From the roof hangs a votive ship,
probably from the late 18th century.
Pulpit and altar are from the early 17th century.
In the part below the tower are parts of an old organ,
as decoration for the entrance up to the tower.
We thank the caretaker and walk around the cemetery.
In the cemetery there are some old tombstones and new artistic ones.
The author Jacques Werup has his grave here.
GPS: WGS84 decimal (lat, lon) 55.694713, 14.168866