The church of Vig

The church of Vig is in Romanesque style (in England: Norman).

The church consists of a nave from the 11 hundreds, to which originally was built a chancel, which however already at the beginning of the 12 hundreds was torn down and replaced by a new one. The present chancel dates from the end of the 12 hundreds and was at the latest rebuilt at the end of the 14 hundreds. The vaults, too, date back from the 14 hundreds.

The original building materials were raw cleaved fieldstones supplemented by hard pan in the windows.

The oldest extension is supposed to be the porch of the north side (now the mortuary), then the vestry of the north side appeared both dating from the second half of the 14 hundreds.

The tower, west of the nave, is in its present appearance dating from 1490es, when quite a low tower was heightened, which might have been erected already 1350-1400. The building materials are bricks upon a foundation layer of field stones, a material also sporadically used in the brickwork itself.

The vestry of the south side seems to be the latest extension, from 1500-1550.

The altar piece, with the year of 1650 painted on it has been made in the workshop of Lorenz Jørgensen. The middle field that is sunk into the altar piece shows to the spectator the Lord’s supper with freecarved figures, usual of this workshop.

Christ, sitting behind the table, is thrown into relief by a halo of rays; in the foreground to the right we see Judas with the money bag.

At the sides there are standing free figures representing the evangelists: St. Mark with the lion (to the north) and St. Matthew with the angel (to the south). On the cornice over the side fields we find smaller figures of the last two evangelists: St. Luke with the ox (to the north) and St. John with the eagle (to the south).

The midfield breaks the cornice and we find one of the well known angels of the workshop holding coats of arms with bands and writing on which in relief capitals: “M(ister) Christopher vrne” and M(issis) Sophia Lindenow”. He was vassal of Dragsholm 1645-58, compare also the relief carved crowned royal monogram “F 3” of the top field framed by bands of writing on which the painted year.

The altar piece, which in 1927 was painted so as to look like oak wood, now appears in raw wood with later golden inscriptions.

The Communion table consists of a wooden dado from 1895 to some degree imitating the panels of the chair of the parish clerk.

The font, in Romanesque style, of granite, the foot has been carved by itself from a more coarse-grained stone than the reddish basin.

The dish of baptism with the engraved year of 1630, has on the bottom got engraved the representation of the baptism of Jesus, which was already in 1918 very wiped out.

The chair of the parish clerk, from the middle of the 16 hundreds like the altar piece from the workshop of Lorenz Jørgensen and one of the few well known chairs from here. It is uncertain what function the chair of the parish clerk had originally.

The crucifix of the chancelvault, with the crucified Christ dates from abt. 1525. On the horizontal arm of the cross the ox of St. Luke and the lion of St. Mark are seen, on the vertical arm the eagle of St. John at the top and the angel of St. Matthew at the bottom. The two sidefigures are Mary and John.

The pulpit from the last decades of the 15 hundreds may have been standing here as a lecternpulpit (reading desk). A dado or gangway is known from photos and descriptions from 1918. 1923 the pulpit was sunk and was moved closer to the window to its present place.

Frescoes. On the gablefield of the chancel and on the northwall, east of the door of the vestry there are three crosses of consecration in the shape of a wheelcross, brought to light 1943-44. The design is as usual engraved by means of a pair of compasses, but the lines are just like the colours (ochre, black) only poorly preserved.

At the time of the restoration 1943-44 traces of frescoes were brought to light on the walls of the chancel and the nave, in both parts older than the building of the vaults in the14 hundreds.

NB!          By the hymn book shelf in the church you will find a more detailed illustrated description and analysis of the history and furnishings of Vig Kirke.


The vestry of Vig

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