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Assens

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Specialty Museums · Churches · Zoos
Assens is a town with a population of 5,956 on the west coast of the island of Funen on the eastern side of the Little Belt in central Denmark. By road, Assens is located southwest of Odense, northwest of Faaborg, and southeast of Middelfart. Assens is the municipal seat of Assens Municipality in Region of Southern Denmark. It was the birthplace of sculptor Jens Adolf Jerichau who married the well-known portraitest Elisabeth Jerichau-Baumann; both artists' works are exhibited at the local art museum, Vestfyns Kunstmuseum. It is also the birthplace of Denmark football internationals, goalkeeper Thomas Sørensen and striker John Eriksen.HistoryAssens is located on the site of an old ferry landing linking Funen and the south of Jutland. A bay provided a natural harbour while the Little Belt encouraged trade and transport. It probably became a market town in the 13th century. The ferry, which probably originated in the Middle Ages, became particularly significant in the 16th century with sizeable cattle exports. The town was hard hit by the Swedish Wars in the 17th century, causing a reduction in trade. It nevertheless continued to be the main ferry link between Jutland and Funen.
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