At Stevns

Today, about 1,000 buildings that were made from limestone remain at Stevns. Read more.

In Denmark

At the end of the 1800s, limestone from Stevns was used in public construction works in large towns in Denmark. One particular church was even built from flint from Stevns Klint. Read more.

Houses built from limestone

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

Limestone from Stevns Klint was used as building stones in the Middle Ages. During the 1800s, building houses from limestone became a local building tradition in Stevns, which ended around 1950.

Houses made from limestone are not very common in Denmark. And yet – at Stevns they are not far apart, as most of the houses that were built during the period 1860-1940 were built from limestone from Stevns Klint. All churches on the peninsula as well as about 100 churches across Zealand were also built from Stevns limestone during the 12th and 13th centuries. 

When building from limestone, it is important to ensure that the stones face the right way in the wall.

Limestone is deposited in the sea and consists of layer upon layer of limestone shells from small animals. If the stones are laid so that the layers are vertically aligned, the stones will absorb moisture and suffer frost damage.

During the recession in the 1930s, not a lot of houses were built, and in the post war years, the industrialisation of bricks outmatched the building stones from Stevns. Today, limestone is no longer quarried at Stevns, and it is important to take care of the stones that remain.

Outside Denmark, buildings made from limestone are quite common. At the heavy end of known limestone architecture is the Greek Acropolis and the Egyptian Pyramids.