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Ballum Church

Ballum Church is a Romanesque church located in West Ballum. The church choir and apse were built in Romanesque style around 1150 and the nave was built approx. 50 years after around the year 1200. There 31 meter high tower of red bricks is late Gothic, from around the year 1500 and with a high pyramid-shaped spire and small gables towards the 4 corners of the world. In the north wall of the tower is a Romanesque tombstone. All the roofs of the church are covered with lead.

Apse, chancel and nave of Rhine tuff, and the porch of the Renaissance. The Romanesque tuff stone building has beautiful wall decorations, richest in apse with 7 arched arcades under a frieze of intersecting round arches. Of the 3 round arch windows, the middle one is open. Choir and nave have remains of licenses and glare-free se (choir) or window frieze (nave). The apse has the original vault, the chancel vault from the 15th century and the nave beamed ceiling with preserved Romanesque beams. The sacristy on the north side of the choir has a cross vault and a single gable of the Tørninglen type, just like the tower gables.

The large cemetery is fenced off by boulder dikes, which in several places in the south and west have been broken by buildings from older times. In addition to smaller openings in the south and north, there are three walled portals, which form the access roads to the church and cemetery. A distinctive feature of the city are the many houses, which are built directly into the low cemetery wall, so that homeowners from the back of their properties have a clear view of the cemetery's graves and diverse plantings. In 1922, a memorial stone and grave were laid in the cemetery in memory of the parish's 30 young men who fell during the First World War.

Hjerpsted church

Hjerpsted church is located alone west of the village Hjerpsted. The church is located high on Hjerpsted hill island and directly towards the Wadden Sea. The church is mentioned in 1514, which is dedicated to St. His.
The church's nave and chancel are from the early Romanesque period, o.1200. At the same time an apse was also erected, but it was demolished in 1715, to make room for an extension of the choir to the east. The masonry in the nave is granite stone, while bricks have also been used in the chancel. From the demolished apse, a number of curved hewn granite stones originate around the church building. The south door of the church and the north priests are now both walled in, while the north entrance door is preserved. The nave has two original windows to the north, while the chancel has only a single window. On the south wall of the nave is a sundial of limestone from 1776.
The church's rather small tower is from the late Gothic period, o.1500. It is built in recycled granite stone at the bottom and brick at the top. The eastern end of the tower has glare fields, as seen on the Tørninglen towers, while they have disappeared in the western end, which is about the wall in recent times. The tower room has a vaulted ceiling and an opening towards the nave. The bell is from 1775 and has a mark which indicates that the bell should have been cast by Peter Hanssen's bell foundry in Flensburg. The porch on the north side of the church was built in 1709. A now disappeared sacristy on the north side of the choir is mentioned in sources from 1768.

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