The Limestone Landscape as a livelihood

Raw materials at Stevns Klint: Limestone, chalk and flint. Read more
 

Houses built from limestone

In Denmark as a whole, limestone houses are rare – but not at Stevns. Read more
 

The sea along the cliff 

A long, inaccessible coastline: The steep cliff has made it difficult to get from sea to land, but the cliff has also protected against hostile attacks. Read more
 

The cultural landscape

The steep stretch of coast has left its mark on life. Read more

 

The cultural history of limestone

The steep cliff and Klintekongen (the King of the Cliff) have offered the people of Stevns protection, but the cliff and the limestone reef have also made it difficult to get people and cargo ashore.

Through the ages, life at Stevns Klint has been subject to special conditions.

In the past, the difficult access to the sea made it unattractive to settle by the coast. The steep cliff of Stevns also limited fishing, while the deposits of the raw materials limestone, chalk and flint held other possibilities.

Stevns Klint and Klintekongen have offered the people of Stevns protection, and the largest wars that have taken place at Stevns have been fought at sea.

As far back as antiquity, flint from the cliff has been used to make tools and weapons.

During the Middle Ages, churches and fortresses were built from the cliff's limestone, and limestone was used to produce mortar. In the 1700s, smallholders would cut pieces of flint to be used in the Danish army's flintlock weapons. Chalk has been quarried and shipped continually in large amounts – and this is still the case. In the villages, there are houses built from limestone, and along with agriculture, sea transport and fishing, quarry work was the most common way of making a living by the cliff.

The erosion of the cliff has made the cliff famous because balanced right on the edge of the cliff sits the old church of Højerup, which lost its chancel to the sea in 1928.