Bells stack

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St. Marien ( Hemme ) with a stack of bells in front of it

Bells stacks are bell towers that are particularly common in Schleswig-Holstein marshland , in the fishing region and in neighboring Denmark as well as in parts of Scandinavia ( Danish Klokkestabel , Swedish Klockstapel ). The often wooden stacks of bells are usually free-standing next to the churches and are not structurally connected to them. Usually they are lower than normal church towers .

Many of the medieval churches in northern Germany and the Scandinavian countries were originally towerless. Often they were subsequently supplemented with a stack of bells or a church tower. Depending on the economic strength of the community, a stack of bells that had already been built could be replaced by a stone church tower. Other reasons for the erection of bells were, for example, a lack of suitable stones in boggy marshland or unsafe building ground that would not have supported a high and heavy stone tower.

The oldest stack of bells in Schleswig-Holstein is in Norderbrarup and was built around 1441. The second oldest belongs to the church in Koldenbüttel and was built around 1461.

Wooden bells in fishing stacks

Bells in Norderbrarup from 1441
Bells in Sinstorf

Wooden bells in the Elbmarschen (incomplete)

Other bell stacks in Germany


  • Gerd Hoffmann, Konrad Lindemann: Churches in town and country . Hower, Hamburg 1990, ISBN 3-922995-90-X , p. 21st f., 25 .
  • Dirk Jonkanski, Lutz Wilde : Village churches in Schleswig-Holstein . Wachholtz, Neumünster 2000, ISBN 3-529-02845-2 , pp. 13, 15 .

See also

Web links

Commons : Wooden Bell Towers  - Collection of Images, Videos and Audio Files

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