Construction Boom and Recession
Ejsing Church is here seen from the north showing the vestry, the three connected side-chapels and the closed chapel. The gables have individual decorations. Building of churches has followed a common pattern across the country, but the size and standards varied. After the prosperity and construction boom of the 1100 and 1200s, the 1300s were a period of recession and crisis. The plague known as “the Black Death” hit Europe hard and decimated the local populations. Many places the parishes were almost deserted. During the 1400s the time of prosperity returned and in the last part of the century and into the 1500s came the next large church-building boom. The style changed from the Romanesque imposing semi-circular arch to the gothics soaring pointed arch. A common feature of Danish village churches was that a tower was added to the west gable and a porch was added to the south entrance, the men’s door. The small Romanesque windows placed up high were widened, at least on the south side and a side chapel was added to several churches. Also the furniture was replaced or complemented, new frescos were added and the old ones painted over.