Saturday, April 11, 2009

Five Towers

In Kalundborg stands this one of a kind church. It's the Church of our Lady and its five spires and Greek cross layout is not a sight you see every day. The church was finished around 1220 by Ingeborg, daughter of Esbern Snare, not as a keep, as could be suspected, but as a reminder of the Heavenly Jerusalem. The Heavenly Jerusalem was thought to be a city with five towers where God and man could live in harmony for ever after.

There's a legend connected with the building of the church.

The legend tells how Esbern Snare was building the church. It was hard work, and a troll, who was passing by, offered his services. Esbern accepted; however, the troll's condition was that Esbern should be able to figure out the troll's name by the time the church was finished; if he could not, the troll would take his heart and his eyes.

The troll was strong, and after a few days, there was only a half pillar left to erect before the church would be completed. Esbern became afraid, as the name of the troll was still unknown to him. Wandering the fields in great anxiety, he laid himself down on Ulshøj bank to rest. While there, he heard a troll-woman within the hill singing these words:

Lie still, baby mine!

Tomorrow cometh Fin,

Father thine,

And giveth thee

Esbern Snare's

eyes and heart

to play with.

Esbern returned immediately to the church. The troll was busy setting up the half pillar that remained for the church, and when Esbern saw him, he called out "Fin". The troll was so angry that he threw the half pillar through the air, and this is the reason that the church has only three and a half pillars to this day.