The church etc.

English summary

This page contains information about Ketting Church in Denmark.


Under the download menu you can download leaflets about Ketting church and the Church ship in English, German and Danish - the leaflets can also be found in the church, please deposit 20 DKK or 3$ or 3€ or 3£ in the money box for each.

Under tap 1. Verdenskrig you may find information about the people mentioned on the cenotaph, who was killed on the battlefields in France and Belgium as soldiers on the German side during World War 1. For some of the people further details can be found here (in Danish). If you have material about the persons please contact the webmaster. ( under way - but not avaliale at the moment)


Ketting church

The church is situated on the island Als, close to the southern part of Jutland - the main part of Denmark.
Ketting is 50 km from the German border.
The church is the church of the parish called Ketting, a small parish with a about 1300 inhabitants, close to the town Augustenborg

As a living church Ketting is a part of the Danish Lutheran church, there is service every Sunday normally at 9:30 or 11:00
Please consult the front page or "Kalender" here you can find date and time of services and other arrangements (in Danish).

Opening hours 
The church is normally open to visitors Monday to Saturday from 8AM to 4PM.

The church building
The church tower has a high of 13 meters and its build in Roman style and it's a wide tower. It's among the best-preserved towers of that kind in Denmark.
The tower is erected in the beginning of the 12th century. The rest of the church was rebuilt in 1773, due to bad maintenance of the original church.
In the tower there is two bells: one has been cast around 1350. The other, with a weight of 1.000 kilo is from 1554

The clockwork has been measuring time since 1892. This clock work replaced the old one from 1596, which is still stored in the tower. It has now been exchanged with a electronic clockwork controlled from Frankfurt.

The church tower is also build as a fortress where people could hide, when Als was attacked by people from the south.

The Southern part of Denmark was ruled by dukes, who not always friends with the Danish7king where were aften open fights between the king and the dukes after 1848 the dukes lost their land and their influence on the area.

From 1848 to 1864 the islands Als and Aeroe had their own bishop, Ketting church was the main church.

From 1851 to 1854 Ketting church was closed because it was used as gunpowder store. 500 barrels of gunpowder were stored in the beginning - even more barrels were added later. It was not allowed to use the bells in that period - church services was held in the school people in Ketting had to be very cautious with fire.
From 1864 to 1920 the southern part of Jutland including Ketting parish belonged to Germany, and the church was under German church jurisdiction. In front of the church door you can see a memorial (cenotaph) for the people, who died during German service in World War one.
After WW 1 an election brought the southern part of Jutland back to Denmark. On the churchyard you can find several monuments for Danish as well as for German soldiers from war in 1848 - 1864 and WW 1

Opdateret  07-09-2016 /  af  admin