The earliest surviving Danish buildings stem from the monastic movement's import of brick-making technology from the south - and mainly consist of churches and monasteries. The existing churches from that time are the primary sources for medieval building styles. The Romanesque style with its round-arched windows typifies the first building work of the period, to be followed by the Gothic style, characterised by windows with pointed arches, crow-stepped gables with blind arcading and a desire for verticality. In parallel with the masonry building reserved for the elite, wooden building still continued, gradually developing into what is today called half-timbering.
Nørre Vosborg, one of very
few remaining manors in the western Jutland marshes, dates back to
the 13th Century. The particularly well preserved
manor ranks as the finest in this part of the
In the early 18th century, noblewoman Karen Brahe
transformed this 16th-century building into a home for unmarried
noblewomen, a function it retained until the 1970s.
house was built by Oluf Bager in 1586 on the site of an earlier
building. Oluf Bager was the country's wealthiest merchant at the
time. Over the course of their 400 year history the buildings have
changed considerably in response to changes in their