Sankt Hans Kirke


Though most of the triple-transept brick structure you see today dates from 1880, there has been a church on this spot since before 1295, and for much of the Middle Ages it was at the heart of a Templar monastery. Post Reformation it was redeveloped into a palace-castle (Odense Slot, now used as council offices) with direct access to the church still provided across an arched gateway.

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Nearby Odense attractions

1. Treenigheden

0.11 MILES

Bjørn Nørgaard's fascinating sculpture 'Trinity' is an almost orgiastic trio of intertwined geriatric male figures sprouting uncomfortable bumps, mini sub…

2. HC Andersens Hus

0.12 MILES

Lying amid the seemingly miniaturised streets of the former poor quarter is the sparse little cottage where Hans Christian Andersen was born. Visiting it…

3. Børnekulturhuset Fyrtøjet

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In the charming Fyrtøjet, children are encouraged to explore the world of Hans Christian Andersen through music and storytelling.

4. HC Andersen Museum

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This striking exhibition takes its design cues from Hans Christian Andersen's playful papercuts, and features his personal effects plus a virtual reality…

5. Hans Andersen Statue

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Outside the low-rise Radisson Blu hotel, Hans Christian Andersen sits with top hat on a seat awaiting selfies.

6. Tinsoldaten

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The one-legged military figure outside a branch of Nelle's cafe-bar is not to commemorate a historical conflict but represents the Tin Soldier, sad hero…

7. Oceania

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With a classical face, seal-flipper feet and a triumphalist six-pack tummy, this astonishing female figure reclines naked on Odense's central square. But…

8. Jernbanemuseet

0.24 MILES

For train buffs, this fabulous video-rich museum is almost reason enough to come to Denmark. The core collection of over 30 engines and wagons, ranging…