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Atlas Obscura Østerlars Church

Alabaster white with coal black tarred shingles on the roof, Østerlars Kirke is Bornholm’s biggest and oldest round church. It’s one of four of these intriguing structures found on the Danish island.

Østerlars Church dates to around 1150, though its roof was added much later. The building originally served as both a place of worship and a fortified refuge against seafaring invaders.

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