Sunday, May 15, 2011

The Search Continues in Vester Ulslev

The rain is followed by beautiful blue skies and bright sunshine.

Like Fuglse, the North Ulslev church also sits on a bit of a knoll near the farm town of the same name.

It gleams brilliantly red in the sunshine.

The church isn’t open, so we simply wander through the surrounding cemetery admiring the church’s beauty.

While this is the church where my great-grandparents were likely confirmed and married, it doesn’t seem to be where they were buried, so we aren’t focused on the graves around us until we come to an area thick with gravestones.

It’s like a gravestone storage area. Where did these stones come from and why are they here?

Now that we think about it, we haven’t seen any really old graves at this church either. In both churches there are “empty” plots scattered throughout the grounds, plots that clearly have been in use in the past. I wonder, do Danish cemeteries remove headstones and reuse plots if families don’t keep up maintenance or fees or just to manage the space? That would explain the total lack of old graves around churches that have been in use for centuries.

Now I have even more questions.

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