The two sons, mentioned in the first post of this thread, rose to prominence in Danish history.
The elder, Esbern Snare, born in 1127, became a soldier and chief of the area, a governmental leader. He led a crusade to the Holy Land in 1192 and also led military actions against enemies of Denmark.
The younger son, Absalon, born in 1128, studied in Paris, the center of higher learning at the time, and entered religious life. Eventually, he became Archbishop of Lund and Roskilde, then significant bishoprics in northern Europe.
Absalon was also involved in secular matters, becoming the defacto ruler of Denmark from 1182 until his death. He initiated a number of building projects, including raising Copenhagen in 1167 from a sleepy fishing village to a city that eventually became the capital of Denmark.
Another project was the church construction in Sorø, a town in the middle of the island of Zealand, 4 miles from his birthplace in Fjenneslev. In the 1140s, Absalon’s father, Asser Riig, had founded a monastery here and in 1161, Absalon started the construction of a large church adjacent to the monastery. The church was the first large brick-built building in northern Europe, a new construction material at the time. Absalon died in 1201 in Sorø and is buried in the church behind the altar.
The north-facing side Sorø church is believed to have been changed very little since the church was constructed:
The entry, facing west, was constructed in the 18th century:
Interior main section:
Absalon's grave stone, covering his tomb:
My family worshiped in this church for decades, I was confirmed here in 1966 and both my parents' funerals were conducted in this church.
The Duomo in Milano
Altar in Roskilde Cathedral, Denmark:
Marc Chagall stained glass window, Chichester Cathedral, Chichester UK
Iglesia de San Juan Bautista (Málaga)
St Georges Cathederal , Cape Town
Church of Rupelmonde, Belgium. Every year on the Thursday before Easter pieces of bread are blessed and later thrown from the town hall.
One of the pieces contains a gold coin (fake gold) for which the lucky finder can get a surprise. Usually a small sculpture of a local artist.
Chapel of Saint Hervé on the Menez Bré (Côtes d'Armor, Bretagne) after sunset
Chapelle Notre-Dame-de-la-Garde - Étretat, France
Entrance to the abbey of Westmalle (Belgium)
I have forgotten which church this is, but it is downtown Key West.
St Jan Basilica in 's-Hertogenbosch (Netherlands)
Templo San Sebastián, Bernal Querétaro, Méjico
Las Monjas in the Bajío
Templo De San José De :La Montaña, SMA
Duomo in Firenze
Church in my village.
Interior of the Antwerp cathedral
Iglesia Salud in the Bajío
A small church in Hof (Iceland)
Cape Town Cathedral
Iglesia de San Juan Bautista in Málaga
Inside a small evangelic church in the east of Germany
Basilica Wilten (Innsbruck), Austria
The St. Bernardus chapel in Westmalle, built by the monks of Westmalle Abbey to thank the Lord for sparing the Abbey for bomb hits during WWII
St Martin's church in Duffel (Belgium)