Haderslev Cathedral – Old but contemporary Danish design?

Haderslev Cathedral, or Our Lady’s Church as it’s also called, in Haderslev was built around the year 1250 and it’s amongst the finest examples of gothic churches in Denmark. It was here that King Christian the 3rd, while he was still a Duke of Haderlsevhus, implemented the reformation nearly 10 years before it happened in the rest of Denmark, thus making the Cathedral the first Lutheran church of Denmark.

Being a cathedral, the church is much larger than other Danish churches and the 16 metre tall non-tinted windows lets in huge amounts of light. The whitewashed interior, only interrupted by very few murals in equally light reddish tones and a simple pulpit in oak, makes the church extremely bright and spacious in a very elegant and simple way. The only darker, heavy furniture the Cathedral has is the old oak organ from 1652, which is one of the largest in Denmark. However, there is a smaller organ as well, which is held in a very distinguished simple and contemporary Danish design in white and oak.

After having moved to the UK and travelled around the world it’s easy to recognise that feeling that Danish design, or the Danish way of decorating, leaves you with. Simple, bright, airy, spacious rooms, filled with simple, wood mixed with metal, good-quality, design furniture. There is often a kind of a “less is more” rule in Danish Interior design. People’s homes are big open plan houses in one level, instead of lots of small rooms on several floors. Wooden floors, always wooden floors. And instead of Magnolia walls they use a Brilliant White. For those who does not know what that colour looks like; it’s like a very light yellow, supposedly cream but more like a nicotine yellow colour, which the English favour to use in their houses. It all gives you a simple, elegant, and pure feeling especially as often very large window sections let in huge amounts of light.

Haderslev Cathedral has that same feeling as modern Danish homes. Maybe they were ahead of their time when they built it? Or maybe modern Danish homes are inspired by the Old Nordic way. Have a look at our Pinterest Board on modern Danish interior design here on  and check out the resemblance.

Should you wish to visit; Haderlsev Cathedral is open for visitors every day between 10.00 and either 15.00 or 17.00 depending on the time of year. There is even the possibility of a guidet tour, just call ahead on 0045 73523645. Haderlsev town is a lovely and very historic old trading town in it’s own right, so definitely worth a visit as well.

Visited March 2015


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