Kalundborg Vor Frue Kirke

Lasse Friis Hansen, Mads Lang Olsen & Signe Merete Hybholt

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


The focus of this project is the five-towered Church of Our Lady in Kalundborg, Denmark, which was built somewhere within the time span of 1170-1225 by members of one of the country’s ruling elite groupings, the so called ‘Hvide family’. It is asked how the construction and design of this unique church can be explained in relation to the elite’s political culture of that era, and in relation to the crusading ideology that appears to have affected the aspirations of elite communities all over Western Europe during the High Middle Ages. The church is seen as a part in a whole, made up of the elite’s political culture and crusading ideology. As such the church is a source of knowledge about the two latter. Conversely, this whole also serves as a source of information about the church, as it provides a context of interpretation. These layers of part and context are connected using the tools of interpretation provided by the theoretical fields, spatial turn and symbolische Kommunikation. These are believed to be useful approaches in the interpretation of the highly ritualistic and symbolic nature of society at that time. By putting the church and its appearance in its political context, as well as the context of its physical surroundings, it is found that the functionality and symbolism of the church seem to be intertwined in reproducing the idea of a God given basis for the power of the local ruler. Furthermore, at this time the bay at the foot of Kalundborg served as the point of departure for the battle fleet. Adding to this the vivid symbolism of the church and the fact the highly ranking members of the ‘Hvide’-grouping in question, seem to have strived to establish themselves as Christians warriors, it is found to be relevant interpreting the church’s construction and design in the context of elite crusading aspirations.

UddannelserHistorie, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Bachelor el. kandidat
Udgivelsesdato27 maj 2015
VejledereKim Esmark


  • Saxo
  • Hvideslægten
  • Valdemarerne
  • Ingeborg
  • Esbern Snare
  • Valdemar den Store
  • Symbolische Kommunikation
  • Absalon
  • Vor Frue Kirke
  • Spatial Turn
  • Peder Strangesen
  • Kalundborg
  • Korstog