The village that never became a market town
The village of Nordby on the island of Samsø is considered by many as one of the country's most noteworthy. And rightly so. The well preserved village centre around the pond is home to low, semi-attached, half-timbered houses and crooked, narrow streets. Samsø…
Charmed by Nordby
Author Achton Friis and painter Johannes Larsen published their three-volume work The Islands of the Danes" in the 1920s. They were seduced by Samsø’s fertile earth. In May 1922, Nordby was one giant blossoming orchard. And even though its population had fallen slightly as farmers moved away, it was still possible in some places "to walk from one farm house roof to the next," as Friis put it. Larsen painted the town’s blossoming orchards and houses by the pond, and he took his time to note the variety of unique weathervanes that topped the roofs. He also designed the town's large stone wells, and the uncommonly festive, Medieval-inspired bell tower, built in 1857 as a way to alert the people of the town. "
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