The sandy church

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One of the most famous churches in Denmark is a church which doesn’t actually work as a church anymore. The church is located just outside the most northerly city of Denmark – Skagen.

Church tower of the old church

The church was serving the local community until 1795 until the church were granted permission to give up the church. The church had been there for centuries but the sand had been moving a lot around the area – and despite the locals had tried to keep the church clear off the moving sand they finally had to give up. The church was starting to get buried in the drifting sand – that’s why the king granted and exceptional permission to give up the church.

The sand had slowly kill off the local community – the fields which had been in the area were completely covered and it was no longer possible to keep the old did cover most of the church but the tower still remains partly buried in the sand. The sand has finally been tamed by planting of trees in the area which has made sure the sand can no longer drift and cover new fertile land.

The sandy church tower

The church tower is now standing as a reminder of what used to happen to many communities around the coast of Western Jutland and a few other coastal areas of Denmark. And people come to visit the church just outside the popular tourist destination of Skagen.


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