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Only a few kilometers east of Schleswig at Moldenit lies this little, gorgeous 12th century field stone church, one of the most beautiful churches in all of Schleswig-Holstein. Approached through steep steps, St. Jacob’s church stands high above the village. It is a remarkable church because it is an especially well preserved example of Romanesque art.

There are many Medieval churches around. The way they were built and have lasted for centuries, is an indication of how well they were built. Generally, construction always began at the East end of the church; however, it was the West end that functioned as the important entrance. The entrance symbolized the gate to heaven, and was often decorated with the most elaborate design and artistic effort.

Churches were often built on hills so it could dominate the surrounding area. It was important for a church to be built somewhere special, such as on the grave of a martyr or over the ruins of a previous church. St. Jacob’s church was built next to a megalithic barrow that was called the Devil’s hill.

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