The God’s Acre – the cemetery

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The God’s Acre. Photo: Eva Kristensen

All are equal – in life as well as in death.

The God’s Acre, which is the Moravian cemetery, was founded in 1773 and inaugurated on 2 April 1774.

The God’s Acre is laid out with linden tree avenues and pathways. The Brothers are buried towards the west and the Sisters towards the east, and thus there are no family graves. The tombstones all have the exact same appearance, which is a symbol of the equality of the members – in life as well as in death.

Above the entrance portal towards the south there is an inscription stating, "It is laid down in corruption", which refers to the time-limited earthly life. On the other side facing towards the north, however, the inscription says, "It is resurrected in incorruption", which refers to eternal life in Paradise.

The God’s Acre is situated northeast of the historical town centre of Christiansfeld. All tombstones are completely alike and placed on a poured base with a slight inclination towards the east. All graves and tombstones since 1774 have been preserved and numbered. The numbers indicate the chronological order of deaths since the very first one in September 1773.

On the cemetery, there is also one monument for the fallen Moravian members during the First World War and one for the fallen soldiers during the Battle at Kolding on 23 April 1849.

The inscriptions on the entrance portal to the God’s Acre stating: ”IT IS LAID DOWN IN CORRUPTION,” and on the other side: ”IT IS RESURRECTED IN INCORRUPTION.” are quotes from the first letter of Paul to the Corinthians, chapter 15, verse 42.

Experience the God’s Acre on your own or do it by joining one of the guided tours in Christiansfeld.

Please note! For the time being, the God’s Acre is undergoing an extensive renovation process. However, it is still open to visitors and guided tours. The renovation work is expected to be concluded by the end of 2019.

The Portal to The God’s Acre. Photo: Eva Kristensen
Gravestones at The God’s Acre. Photo: Eva Kristensen