Bjernede Church is a Medieval round church near Sorø in Denmark. It is one of only eight round churches in Denmark and the only one of its kind on the island of Zealand.Plan your visit to Bjernede Rundkirke and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Soroe tour itinerary planning app.
The present church was built in circa 1170 by Sune Ebbesen from the influential Hvide family who belonged to the circle around King Valdemar II. His father, Ebbe Skjalmsen, the uncle of Bishop Absalon, had previously built a wooden church at the site. The tower of Sune Ebbesen's round church contains a room which the Hvide family used as an assemblage hall.
The lower part of the church stands in granite while the upper part is made of brick, a relatively new material at the time which had only been used in Denmark since the 1140s. The inspiration for the design most likely came from Schlamersdorf Church in Wagria which Sune Ebbesen had visited several times as a military commander. Bjernede Church, Horne Church on Funen and Thorsager Church in Jutland are all built to the same floor plan as that of Schlamersdorf Church. Four interior granite columns support the roof structure. The porch was built in about 1500 and the tower had previously been altered but was, between 1890 and 1892, changed back to its original design by Hermann Baagøe Storck.
Storck was later heavily criticized for his restoration work. Peder Vilhelm Jensen-Klint and Ivar Bentsen later made church projects which resembled Bjernede prior to Storck's intervention, when it had a Bishop's Hat-like roof. Storck's restoration came to mark a turning point in Danish restoration architecture which from then on applied a more sensitive approach to the restoration of historical buildings.
Bjernede Rundkirke reviews
Very unique round church and architecture in a small village. You can climb all the way to the top of the church tower. It is a lot of fun but requires that you are ok with confined stairways and... more »
Was open for visitors. Town is off the beaten path somewhat. It had a nearby building with a bathroom and two picnic tables where we enjoyed a lunch we had brought along. The parking lot was large... more »
Nice little round church (rundkirke) and you can go the top of the tower
Nice chapel, free entry.
Build a planTell us where and when you
want to go, we will build
the best sightseeing itinerary
Refine itYou have complete flexibility on your destinations and itinerary
Book as a packageUse our travel agents to get
package savings and hassle free booking
Enjoy your trip!Enjoy our 24x7
Hidden gems in Soroe
Side trips from Soroe
See all ›
Museums in Soroe
Historic Sites in Soroe
Kid-friendly things to do in Soroe
Duration: 1h 30 min
Plans to Bjernede Rundkirke by other users
13 days in Naestved BY A USER FROM SWITZERLAND July, teens, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife, popular & hidden gems Preferences: July, teens, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife Attraction style: Popular & hidden gems Pace: Medium 30 days in Naestved BY A USER FROM DENMARK July, popular sights Preferences: July Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 24 days in Roskilde BY A USER FROM BRAZIL February, popular sights Preferences: February Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 10 days in Roskilde BY A USER FROM TURKEY December, popular sights Preferences: December Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 43 days in Denmark BY A USER FROM DENMARK September, popular sights Preferences: September Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 58 days in Denmark BY A USER FROM VIETNAM September, teens, popular sights Preferences: September, teens Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium