The Church of St. Mary Elsinore
Church of St. Mary, originally an abbey church, was constructed as a
part of the magnificent Karmeliter monastery (Our Lady Monastery) in
Elsinore by poor White Brothers during the years 1430-1500. The White
Brothers were mendicant friars who came to Denmark at the instance of
King Erik of Pomerania. He donated the site to them and it is said that
these erudite men were under the particular protection of the Virgin
Mary and that this is the reason all of their monasteries were
consecrated to her.
In 1819 the Church of St. Mary became one of only two parish churches
at that time, but it was not until 1851 that the German services in
this church were terminated. However, the monastery continued to
function as a hospital until 1916, where the last of the residents were
relocated to the city's new old people's home. Today a part of the
monastery is occupied by the administration of the Elsinore diocese, but
several of the rooms are still as they were in the Middle Ages and are
along with the church itself one of the foremost tourist attractions in
Following the reformation in 1536, monastery was dissolved and
converted into a hospital and old people's home in 1541 by King
Christian the Third. It was called Our Lady Hospital or Common Hospital.
The abbey church was at one point scheduled for demolition but at the
request of the many Dutchmen and Germans living in Elsinore at the time,
Frederik the Second, himself of German descent, donated the church to
them and in 1576-77 it became the "German" church in Elsinore and was
administratively separated from the hospital.
The church along with the monastery was thoroughly restored in
1900-1907 by architect and professor H.B. Storck and displays a great
number of its original murals. A large part of the interior was donated
to the church in the time of King Frederik the Second. The organ, one of
the main attractions, dates back to 1662-63, where the resident
organist was the famous composer Diederich Buxtehude. Alterations made
in 1854 and again in 1959-60 were recently reversed as the organ was
carefully restored and reconstructed and thus today presents itself as
in the time of Buxtehude. The frequent organ concerts held at the church
are therefore an exceptional experience and draw a large audience.
Kronborg Castle Church is operated under St. Mary's Church St. Mary's Parish, Elsinore Domprovsti.
Today is Kronborg Castle Church used for religious ceremonies as church services and weddings of Skt. Mariæ Sogn in Elsinore, as well as for concerts.
Get married at Northern Europe's finest Renaissance palace in the romantic Kronborg Castle Church.
Sct. Mariæ Kirke
Sct. Annagade 38
In the summer season (16/5 - 15/9), the church is open Tuesday-Sunday from. 10-15.
In the winter months (16/9 - 15/5), the church is open Tuesday-Sunday from. 10-14.
The church is closed Constitution Day, Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve.
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