Europe
Denmark
Gavn
°
monastery
1401

A brief description.

Already in the 12th century there was a pirate's castle on the island of Gavn°. In 1398, however, it was purchased by Queen Margrethe the Ist, who turned the castle into a Dominican monastery for "unmarried women of noble rank" in 1401.

Later a new castle was built around the original monastery
church which is beautifully ornamented with woodcuts of Abel Schr
°der the Younger (1601-1676): the high altar and  pulpit (circa 1650).                         Church at the left. >>>>>>>

 

 

Since 1737 the family Thott was the owner of the castle and church. Otto Thott (1703-1785) collected in his library 138 thousands of books. His collection of paintings was at that time the largest private-owned collection in Scandinavia.

Source: Internet Wikipedia and others.

 

 


Philately

 The church at the left.

Denmark 1977. Postmark Gavn°, 19.o7.1977

 

 

 


 

Return to   REGISTER   B          Return to   HOMEPAGE