Toreby Church

Location on Lolland

Coordinates: 54°45′10″N 11°47′17″E / 54.75278°N 11.78806°E / 54.75278; 11.78806
Country Denmark
Region Zealand (Sjælland)
Municipality Guldborgsund
Population (2015)
  Total 617
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
  Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)

Toreby is a village in Guldborgsund Municipality on the Danish island of Lolland. It is located 6 km (3.7 mi) west of Nykøbing Falster and 11 km (6.8 mi) east of Sakskøbing. It had a population of 617 as of 1.January 2015.[1] The main road through the town is known as Torebyvej.[2]


Spelt "Thoræby" in 1231, the name is derived from the man's name Thôri (Thor) and "by" which means both village, town and city in Danish.[3]


Toreby Church is an unusually large red-brick Romanesque building whose nave and chancel were extended in the Gothic period with a sacristy and lateral aisles. The tower is late Romanesque. There are frescos from c. 1400 in the sacristy. The carved pulpit (1645) is the work of Jørgen Ringnis.[4] The 16th century writer, Hans Jørgensen Sadolin, was a priest in Toreby;[5] he was promoted to rural dean in Musse Herred.[6] Also mentioned is Bishop Ricolf of Odense who was the recipient of property near Toreby,[7] while guest preachers have included the Sudanese priest, Ezra Jangare.[8]

Fuglsang Manor and the recently built Fuglsang Art Museum (Fuglsang Kunstmuseum) adjacent to it are located in Toreby Parish, approximately 4 km (2.5 mi) south of the village.[9] The manor house, which replaced a medieval house, was built in 1859 in 30 acres of scenic parkland on the coast by Viggo de Neergaard, an estate owner. His cousin, J. G. Zinn, was the architect. Neergaard married Bodil Hartmann (who was 30 years his junior), daughter of the composer, organist and conductor Emil Hartmann and granddaughter of the composer Johan Peter Emilius Hartmann. The couple were instrumental in nurturing musical and artistic traditions at Fuglsang. In 1947, the estate was converted into a trust. The manor house, which is now used as a cultural center, is the venue for concerts and other cultural activities that are held in the large music hall, and the Storstrøm Chamber Ensemble, which was established in 1991, is based at the house.[10][11] The Fuglsang Art Museum, designed by British architect Tony Fretton, was opened as a museum in January 2008.[11]


  1. "Statistikbanken Table BEF44", Danmarks Statistik. Retrieved 29 June 2013.
  2. Google (27 June 2013). "Toreby" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 27 June 2013.
  3. "Pagan and supranormal elements in Scandinavian place-names". Retrieved 27 June 2013.
  4. "Torby Kirke, Den Store Danske. (Danish) Retrieved 27 June 2013.
  5. Dahlsgård, Inga (1980). Women in Denmark Yesterday and Today. Danish Institute for Information about Denmark and Cultural Cooperation with Other Nations. p. 307. ISBN 978-87-7429-036-0.
  6. Jensen, Minna Skafte (2004). Friendship and Poetry: Studies in Danish Neo-Latin Literature. Museum Tusculanum Press. p. 9. ISBN 978-87-7289-961-9. Retrieved 27 June 2013.
  7. Saxo (Grammaticus); Christiansen, Eric (1980). BAR International Series. B.A.R. p. 326.
  8. Jet. Johnson Publishing Company. 5 December 1957. pp. 48–. ISSN 0021-5996.
  9. "Fuglsang Herregaard". (Danish) Retrieved 27 June 2013.
  10. "Velkommen Til Fuglsang Herregård" (in Danish). Retrieved 27 June 2013.
  11. 1 2 "Historie" (in Danish). Retrieved 27 June 2013.
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