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Asserballe church is located high up on a hill in a tiny village of 400 inhabitants in the Danish German border region. The church is a remarkable, very unusual and interesting cruciform church. The oldest part of the choir dates from the 1100's and it was originally one of the typical lime washed field stone churches that are so characteristic for Northern Europe. But when this region became a part of Prussia in 1864, this peculiar gable, built in the style of the "Historismus", which adopts historical architecture elements, was added to the otherwise unpretentious building.
The church is famous among writers. It was in Asserballe the Danish author Herman Bang was born in 1857 of a noble family, the son of the vicar, a relative of Grundtvig (In the Church of Denmark no man has exercised a greater influence than Bishop N. F. S. Grundtvig, 1783-1872).
In his novel “Tine”, published in 1889, Bang wrote of life on the island of Als in the aftermath of the battle of Dybbøl in the Second War of Schleswig which resulted in the traumatic loss of 20 % of the Danish territory.
Bang's works earned him renown as a leading European impressionist writer. It was Claude Monet who told him after meeting him: "Monsieur Bang, you are the first impressionist author in the world."

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