Åbyhøj Church

Åbyhøj Church (Danish: Skt. Åbyhøj Kirke) is a church in Aarhus, Denmark. The church is situated in the western Åbyhøj neighbourhood on Silkeborgvej. Åbyhøj Church is a parish church within the Church of Denmark, the Danish state church, under the Diocese of Aarhus. It is a parish church in the Åby Parish along with Åby Church and serves some 11.000 parish members.[1][2][3]

Åbyhøj Church
Åbyhøj Kirke (front) 03.jpg
Åbyhøj Church
56°09′18″N 10°09′26″E / 56.1551°N 10.1573°E / 56.1551; 10.1573Coordinates: 56°09′18″N 10°09′26″E / 56.1551°N 10.1573°E / 56.1551; 10.1573
LocationSilkeborgvej 290
8230 Åbyhøj
CountryDenmark
DenominationChurch of Denmark
History
StatusChurch
Architecture
Completed1945
Specifications
MaterialsBrick
Administration
ArchdioceseDiocese of Aarhus

The church was designed by the Danish architect Harald Lønborg-Jensen and inaugurated in 1945. The church is architecturally linked with a church in Løgumkloster from which Lønborg-Jensen drew inspiration. The original church spire featured a flèche but as construction took place during the Second World War there was a shortage of lead and copper which meant it could not be properly finished. In 1973 it suffered from rot and was replaced with a new and slimmer version. In the interior the altar faces north and is made of grey and yellow travertine and adorned with a gilded crucifix. Colors are kept discrete throughout the church and the floor is paved in red brick.[4] In 1994 the church got a new organ and new windows in the choir.[5]

The church has a cemetery which was inaugurated on 16 November 1927 with the first burial taking place December 23 of that year. The cemetery is divided around a system of paths which splits the cemetery into smaller units. The wide north-south path is the main axis of the cemetery with the church itself as the central element. Primary paths are paved while secondary are gravel.[6][7]

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Åby Sogn" (in Danish). Kort til kirken. Retrieved 24 October 2015.
  2. ^ "Åbyhøj Church" (in Danish). Aarhus Municipality. Retrieved 24 October 2015.
  3. ^ "Fakta om Sognet" (in Danish). Church of Denmark. Retrieved 24 October 2015.
  4. ^ "Åbyhøj Kirke" (in Danish). Encyclopedia Den Store Danske. Retrieved 24 October 2015.
  5. ^ "Historie" (in Danish). Åby Parish. Retrieved 24 October 2015.
  6. ^ "Åbyhøj Church" (in Danish). Åby Parish. Retrieved 24 October 2015.
  7. ^ "Lyssten i Åbyhøj Kirke" (in Danish). Åby Parish. Retrieved 24 October 2015.

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