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 cultural landscape

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

The sea along the cliff

The steep cliff has made it difficult to get from sea to land, but the cliff has also protected against hostile attacks. The 17 km stretch of dangerous coastline made fishing and sailing complicated.

Water gathers, but mountains divide. Stevns Klint made access to the sea difficult and left Stevns as a somewhat closed area until harbours were established to the south and north of the cliff in the 1800s. Before that, fishing was a small profession, despite the long coastline. It was hard work to secure the boats against the sea's breakers and to carry the catch ashore, up over Stevns Klint via long ladders.

On top of the cliff, on the other hand, people were protected from the seaside. Wars were fought at sea, not on land. Ivar Huitfeld and Niels Juul were Danish naval heroes who fought for their country by Stevns Klint.

The waters in front of the cliff were treacherous. Ships passing the cliff and ships that were loaded with limestone, chalk and flint off the cliff were always on the lookout for unexpected easterly gales, which could create swells and push the ships aground against the cliff's limestone reefs. In 1818, Stevns Lighthouse was set up on the edge at the highest point of the cliff to help ships through darkness and poor visibility. The waters are still perilous.