Eskilstrup

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Eskilstrup
Town
Eskilstrup Church, Falster
Eskilstrup Church, Falster
Eskilstrup is located in Falster
Eskilstrup
Eskilstrup
Location on Falster
Coordinates: 54°51′22″N 11°53′07″E / 54.85611°N 11.88528°E / 54.85611; 11.88528Coordinates: 54°51′22″N 11°53′07″E / 54.85611°N 11.88528°E / 54.85611; 11.88528
Country Denmark
Region Zealand (Sjælland)
Municipality Guldborgsund
Population (2014)
 • Total 1,070
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)

Eskilstrup is a town some 12 kilometres (7.5 mi) north of Nykobing Falster on the Danish island of Falster. As of 2014, it has a population of 1,070.[1]

History[edit]

Eskilstrup Church built in the Romanesque style dates from the 12th century. In accordance with a local tradition, it is painted red. It is best known for its frescos, said to be Denmark's oldest.[2]

The town has grown up around Eskilstrup Station which opened together with the Falster Railway in 1872. The earliest buildings included the businesses and hotel close to the station on the main street.[3]

The town today[edit]

Eskilstrup is conveniently located close to the E47 motorway from Copenhagen to Rødby Havn. Facilities include a school, sportshall, day nursery, food store and a hotel. There are beech woods in the surrounding countryside and it is not far to the coast. Some 300 children attend the local school. Local landmarks include the water tower, windmill and sportshall. Nearby Ønslev benefits from the town's activities and services.[4]

Attractions[edit]

Eskilstrup is home to Danmarks Traktormuseum (Denmark's Tractor Museum) with some 200 tractors from the beginnings up to 1970.[5] Also in the neighbourhood is the Krokodille Zoo with Europe's largest collection of living crocodiles.[6] One of the region's oldest churches, Torskilstrup Church, lies 4 km (2.5 mi) northeast of Eskilstrup.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ BEF44: Population 1st January, by urban areas: database from Statistics Denmark
  2. ^ Jens Kinkel, "Eskilstrup Kirke", Danmarks Kirker. (Danish) Retrieved 16 November 2012.
  3. ^ Ketty Lykke, "Historie om Ønslev & Eskilstrup", Eskilstrup By & Omegns Beboerforening. (Danish) Retrieved 16 November 2012.
  4. ^ "Eskilstrup", Guldborgsund Kommune. (Danish) Retrieved 16 November 2012.
  5. ^ "Samling", Danmarks Traktormuseum. (Danish) Retrieved 16 November 2012.
  6. ^ "Welcome to Crocodile Zoo", Krokodille Zoo. Retrieved 16 November 2012.
  7. ^ "Torkildstrup kirke", Nordens kirker, (Danish) Retrieved 27 November 2012.

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