Nexø Sogn

The Church Building
It is not possible to say with certainty how old the church is. Nexø became a market town in 1346.  Maybe the oldest section of the church dates from that time.  Originally the church in the little poor fishing village was only a chapel consecrated to the sailors´ patron  “Saint Nicholas”.  Since then the chapel has been enlarged considerably. 

The tower is from the fifteen hundreds.  The spire with its onion shaped copper roof was put up in 1910. The porch on the southern side of the church and the mortuary chapel on the northern side are from the seventeen hundreds.
The northern side aisle was added in 1760.

The Porch
Outside on the porch to the right of the entrance door is a big wooden board with the inscription “Meeting Today” In the past the board was displayed when after the service there was a parish meeting where public letters were announced.  A similar board is found by the northern entrance.
In the porch on the left wall is a big plaque to mark Christian the fifth´s visit to Nexø on the 16th of May 1687.  On the opposite wall are four memorial shields.  It was a custom that the
family of the deceased could give a few alter candles to the church and have these shields put on the candles until they had burnt down.

The Interior of the Church
The pulpit and the gilt crucifix over the pulpit date back to the sixteen
hundreds.
The font from 1784 is carved in Nexø sandstone.  The whole chancel with the alter was renewed during an extensive renovation of the interior of the church in 1985.  The alter and the floor in the chancel are of Nexø sandstone. On the alter stand two big brass candlesticks, which have been donated by the crown prince and his wife in 1946, when the restoration of the church was completed after the Russian bombardment in May 1945.
The big chandelier hanging down from the ceiling is called the “Danish crown”, and it is also a gift to Nexø church after the bombing.  In the churches of Denmark a collection was raised which was used for this and for the two smaller chandeliers in the church.
The organ is a Frobenius organ from 1964 with 19 stops.


The Decoration
In connection with the renovation in 1985 the artist Bodil Kaalund was engaged to choose colours and decorate the interior of the church.  The woodwork was painted in different shades of rose-pink, green and purple. Together with the sand-coloured
wooden floor these colours harmonize with the natural colours in the Nexø sandstone.  From 1993 to 95 Bodil Kaalund decorated the picture panels in the pulpit and in the two lofts with 27 motifs from the Old and the New Testament.

The five picture panels in the pulpit show central subjects from the creed of faith: the Creation, The Nativity, Easter Morning, the ascension and Whitsun.  Over the pulpit you can see Jesus on the cross, where all the great themes of the Christian faith are assembled.  The beautiful crucifix appears as a strong testimony of the Christian Gospel, which is to be preached in the church: “The doctrine of the cross”.

The two series of pictures in the organ loft and the northern loft have motifs from the Old and the New Testament, starting at the far left on the organ loft with the Fall, Abraham’s sacrifice, Jacob’s fight with the angel, Joseph’s brothers in Egypt, The Flood and Noah’s Ark, Moses’ Serpent of brass, the Promised Land, David and Goliath, Johan in the sea-monster’s  belly.
In the northern loft you can see Elijah in the chariot of fire, Job and his friends, the call of Isaiah, the stock of Jesse, Moses with the ten commandments, the  manna in the desert, the First Supper, the feeding with the five loaves and the two fish, Jesus walking on the lake, the foot washing, the Emmaus road, Paul’s conversion and lastly: Paul is brought safely ashore
after the shipwreck near Malta.

The last motif in the northern loft is a tribute to the sea and fishing port of Nexø where throughout the ages they have experienced the danger of being out at sea. Until further
notice the alter ornament consists of the simple wooden cross.  There are intentions of decorating the chancel arch with a picture of the Second Coming.

The Churchyard
The churchyard has one of the finest collections of old well-preserved tombstones in the country, which give evidence of the monumental masons’  high level of craftmanship in the
eighteen hundreds.

The place with the memorial anchor is a monument to sailors and fishermen, who have been lost at sea. 
The  churchyard by the church is only for urn graves.  The cementery south of the town came into use in 1890.

 

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The church is open from the 1st of May until the 31st of October from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.  On Sundays the church is only open for participation in the service.  Visits to the church after hours:  Contact the church office telephone number 56 49 39 38  Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday  11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
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