St Martin's Church, Næstved

St Martin's Church (Danish: Sankt Mortens Kirke) is located in Næstved on the Danish island of Sealand. It is one of the city's medieval churches. Known from records since approximately 1280, it is believed to have been built and put into service around 1200.[1] The building was constructed as the city's parish church. It is dedicated to St Martin of Tours considered its patron saint.[2][3] It is one of the five Church of Denmark churches in Næstved; the other four are the St Peter's Church, St John's Church, Herlufsholm Church and Holsted Church. St Martin's Church and St Peter's Church are located on perpendicular streets, the former situated on Riddergade, while the latter is on Kobmagergade.[4]

St Martin's Church, Næstved
Sankt Mortens Kirke
St Martin's Church, Næstved
55°13′47″N 11°45′39″E / 55.22972°N 11.76083°E / 55.22972; 11.76083
DenominationChurch of Denmark
Previous denominationCatholic
Foundedc. 1200
DedicationSt. Martin of Tours
Functional statusFunctional



The church is a Gothic structure built with bricks.[2] The oldest parts of the church are from the 1220s. The tower was added in the 15th century but the baptismal chapel and the porch were completed as late as the 1850s.[5]



The arches bear a portrait of St Martin. There are many frescoes of the period;[4] one depicts him as a soldier sitting on his horse, while he cuts a piece of his officer cap and gives it to a beggar.[6] The church's first organ, installed in 1587, was made by Hans Brebus (d. 1603), a Flemish organ builder who practiced in Denmark and Sweden.[7][8] The altarpiece (1667) of 6 m (20 ft) height is decorated with figures wearing grotesque masks or with mustaches, some of whom are stooping low)[4] and is attributed to the woodcarver Abel Schrøder (1602–1676) who was also the church's organist for forty-two years.[9] Today's Frobenius organ dates to 1975.[6] The pulpit was built by Abel Schrøder's father.[9]


  1. ^ "Sankt Mortens Kirke" (in Danish). Retrieved 5 January 2013.
  2. ^ a b Stuart Rossiter (1965). Denmark. E. Benn. Retrieved 3 January 2013.
  3. ^ Anna Grete Schlanbusch (1951). Tourist in Denmark: travel guide. Politikens forlag. Retrieved 3 January 2013.
  4. ^ a b c Lonely Planet (2011). Denmark Travel Guide. Lonely Planet. pp. 211–. ISBN 978-1-74321-287-5. Retrieved 3 January 2013.
  5. ^ "Næstved på en time", Visit Næstved. (in Danish) Retrieved 7 January 2013.
  6. ^ a b Scandinavie: Danemark Norvège Suède (in French). MICHELIN. 15 February 2010. p. 171. ISBN 978-2-06-714722-5. Retrieved 5 January 2013.
  7. ^ "Fløjdøre i dansk orgelbygning" Archived 2013-02-13 at National Museum of Denmark. (in Danish) Retrieved 6 January 2012.
  8. ^ Douglas Earl Bush; Richard Kassel (2006). The Organ: An Encyclopedia. Psychology Press. pp. 81–. ISBN 978-0-415-94174-7. Retrieved 3 January 2013.
  9. ^ a b "Abel Schrøder d.y"]" (in Danish). Den Store Danske. Retrieved 6 December 2013.