Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Church of Grundtvig

In the Bisbebjerg area of Copenhagen this Neo-Gothic church can be found. It was finished in 1927 as a memorial church for Nikolaj Frederik Severin Grundtvig (1783 - 1872) who was one of the founders of the modern Danish church. He was a writer, poet, hymn-writer, pastor, teacher, philosopher, historian and politician influencing Danish national self consciousness in the late 19. Century. Today we Danes mostly knows him for his many hymns; he made a staggering 1500 of them in his career. Another area which he influenced was the folk high schools where adults could (and still can) learn practical skills without a degree or examinations and with a focus on self development. It's a testimony to Grundtvig's influence that it was decided to build this church in his memory.

Centre for Grundtvig Studies