In Denmark we have more than 2000 medieval churches. Many are built of fine carved ashlar stone - esspecially in Jutland.They show a glimpse of people's religious concepts many centuries ago. Originally they were ment to tell stories, and they still do, but somewhere down the road we lost some essential means of understanding these ancient stories. Too bad, I think. This is my small try to recover the lost stories of my ancestors.
Solar watch from around 1100 at Vejrum Church i Northwestern Jutland - a so called "gnomon". Devides the day light part of the day i 12 parts. The meassured hours varies according to the time of year. Some gnomon-hours last up to 2 real time hours, some only a less than a real time hour.
The Man Eating Lion in Lihme (on the south east corner of the nave). The lion has the head of a person in its mouth. On the back of the lion, another person holds on to it as if he og she is fighting it. Christians thrown before the lions in ancient Rome? The lion here symbolises evil; the Devil himself! On the other corner of the nave, there is a peaceful/resting lion, symbolising, I suppose, Jesus as he is mentioned in The Bible as 'the lion of the tribe of Judah'.
Apparently a crowned person in a long dress, lying down, or at least horizontally carved into the stone, and placed in the church wall. Maabjerg church close to Holstebro approx. 1150-1200. If this person was Jesus, his arms would be out to the sides as nailed to an imaginary cross, as costums were these times. So I think this must be a real life portrait of a dead king, even though I could be mistaken about the crown. It is very symbolic and perhaps not in fact a crown, but something else?
Basilisk on Lem Church (its head at the lower right hand corner below the wing - to the left its long, curled snake tail). A basilisk is an evil creature - the king of the snakes! Often it is depicted with a crown on the (rooster-)head. It kills by a simpel stare or by the acid breath. Be warned if you meet a basilisk not to go near it, and do not look it into the eyes!