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Odden village church is visited by many turists, mainly because of the Willemoes-monument with the great poet and priest Grundtvigs poem. The monument is placed over those, who fell in the war against the brittish at the battle near Oddens shore on the 22. of March 1808, when the Danish ship ,"Prinds Christian Frederik", were conquered.
72 brave men were killed, among one of them the Danish hero Peter Willemoes.
The church is from the 14. century. It is painted red late in 1874. Why? No one exactly knows, but a suggestion is, that is was a maritime landmark . In the old days the church was called "Odbye church" or "Odboe church". Today Odden is divided into 3 little villages Yderby, Havneby and Overby. Before the 14. century lay a chapel in the area that is now called Havneby. But the rich farmers in Overby wanted their own church.
The crucifix in the belfry room is as old as the church from the 14. century. On the other side is a painting "Christ in prayer in the garden of Getsemane" paintet in Rome by a Ziegler a donated to the church in 1878.
The nave is made I 1914 as the original ship that went down in 1808. It is said to be cut from an original plank from the wreck.
The pulpit is from 1821 and decorated with a line form one of Grundtvigs hymns "little child of God, what should harm thee?" Grundtvigs father was priest at Odden for ten years (1766-76). An older brother lay buried in the chancel of the church, and he later created the famous poem to the fallen soldiers and his personal friend Willemoes.
The font contains of two parts. It is believed, that the one below is from the old chapel and was the holy water stoup. The chapel was excavated in 1953, and is believed to have been uses as long as to the reformation in 1536. It is certain that Overby and Yderby each had its own church. Did those who lived in Yderby take their holy water stoup with them to the new church in Overby and as a compromise the to fonts were put together?
The altarpiece is from 1632. It is of wood. The mongram at the top is King Christian The Fourth. Below that we see the risen Christ. "I am the resurrection and the life" In centre we see the crucifixion, Mary and John on each side. on each side of them John the Baptist with the lamb and Moses with the ten commandments. Two noble families coat of arms, the Daaes and the Parsbergers, is on the altarpiece, because they owned the church at that time. Below the crucifixion is a cranium to symbolize Golgata. Below the cranium says" He who believes in me though he dies yeah shall he live".
Epitaph on the wall is to a daughter of one of the priest, who died in childbirth in 1759.
At the cemetery is a monument of 3 english pilots who fell down over Sejerø bay in 1944. And the monument of the 72 soliders who died in 1808. The poem says:
Those ships they met in eve at sea
and the air started to glow
De played over the open grave
and the waves were made into red.
Here am I placed as a single-stone monument
to give evidence for generations in the North
Danish they were whose crumbling bones
underneath me molder in the dust
Danish in speech of birth and of id
they shall be mentioned for ever
fathers dignified sons.
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