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Marie Magdalene Kirke - Kalkmalerier

The church Marie Magdalene on Djursland is according to tradition named after 2 maidens, Marie and Magdalene who were cured by the water from the spring close to the place where the church is built. They built a chapel as a tribute to this at the place where the chuch later was built.

However it is probably likely that the name is after the Mary Magdalene we know from the Bible.
The present church was built around 1450 and in spite of being built in Gothic time the ground plan is romanesque. The oldest wall paintings in the apsis above the altar are from the middle of 1400.

The other wall paintings in the church are from the beginning of 1500. The main painting in the centre vault shows Christ as the judge of the world. He is sitting on a rainbow with his feet on the earth. Devils are dragging the souls ahead to be judged.
On the other side of the vault you see a painting which when it was found in 1909 was considered so offensive that it was immediately covered again. However since 1966 it has been visible again.


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