Grundtsvig’s Church


Grundtvig’s Church was named after the Danish philosopher N. F. S. Grundtvig Peder Vilhelm Jensen-Klint won the competition to design the church. The foundation of the new church was only laid after World War I.. ..on 8 September 1921, Grundtvig’s birthday. Building took place mainly from 1921 to 1926 when the tower section was completed.. ..leading to the initial inauguration of the so-called ‘Tower Church’ in 1927. Further work on the interior and on the adjacent buildings continued until 1940.. ..and were completed by Klint’s son Kaare Klint after his father’s death in 1930. The church stands at the centre of a residential development.. .. also in yellow brick, designed by Jensen-Klint in harmony with the church. Jensen-Klint’s design for Grundtvig’s Church is a synthesis of architectural styles. The architect studied many Danish village churches.. particularly those on the island of Zealand with stepped gables. Klint merged the modern geometric forms of Brick Expressionism.. ..with the classical verticality of Gothic architecture. The most striking feature of the building is its west facade.. ..reminiscent of the exterior of a church organ. Klint decorated the nave with stepped gables common on Danish churches.. ..but reinterpreted by doubling the apex. Kaare Klint and his son designed the intricate facades of both organs. The nave was designed with generous dimensions.. ..and uses some six million yellow bricks.. ..laid in hundreds of different patterns. The triple-aisled hall church is over 76 m long, 35m wide and 22m tall.

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