The Middle Ages 1100-1536

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.

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Realdania Byg

Nørre Vosborg (1542-2008)

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 country.

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Kurt Rodahl Hoppe

Odense Secular Convent for Noblewomen (1504 and later)

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.

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OBG Forside

The Maternal House of Oluf Bager (1586 and later)

The merchant's 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 use.

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