Fallen sailors' churchyard monument
Odden Churchyard has a memorial to the fallen sailors from the ship of the line Prins Christian Frederik. They died during the dramatic Battle of Zealand Point on 22 March 1808. The ship left Elsinore on 21 March with a crew of 576 men. Two thirds of the crew were…
Grundtvig described the Battle of Zealand Point
The Odden Churchyard monument was erected by Lorentz Fribert for Annebjerggård. Denmark's greatest poet and theologian N.F.S. Grundtvig wrote the inscription: THE VESSELS MET AT NIGHT AT SEA AND THE AIR BEGAN TO GLOW THEY PLAYED ALL OVER THE OPEN GRAVE AND THE WAVES TURNED RED AS BLOOD HERE I AM SET AS A MONUMENT TO WITNESS FOR FAMILIES IN THE NORTH DANISH THEY WERE WHOSE TENDER BONES UNDER ME CRUMBLE TO EARTH DANISH OF TONGUE OF BIRTH AND SOUL FOR THEY SHALL BE MENTIONED FOR EVER WORTHY SONS OF THEIR FATHERS The monument was designed by fountain master Peder Friis and created by sculptor C.F. Køppen. King Frederik VI approved the monument in Copenhagen on 4 March 1810.
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