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This simple 13th century Church is nicely surrounded by the churchyard and peacefully situated overlooking the small village of Uelsby near Schleswig. It has undergone a restoration in 1635 and the wooden ridge turret was added in 1672.
The entrance to the Parish church in Denmark and Sweden was normally on the south side, for this side got the most sun and shelter from the wind. The porch gave additional protection by keeping the wind, rain and snow from entering the nave directly. It is called the “våbenhus” or “weapon house” in Denmark because weapons were to be left here before their owners entered the church. If a second door was added, it would be on the north side, since the women sat on the north and the men on the south. In ancient time the porch was also used for settling money, transactions, paying dowries, rents, and purchases of estates. Consequently, it was furnished with benches on both sides.

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