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On a small flattened hill above the village Buensdorf - surrounded by graves – stands this small church which is consecrated to St. Catherine. The construction year is unknown; it is a Romanesque building, but it is characterized by additions from the late Gothic period and a modern porch by the south side.

After a fire in 1659 only parts of the side walls of the nave are left standing from the original. As you can see the nave is made of fieldstones; this type of church arose mostly in areas where the ice ages have deposited glacial erratics. This is the reason why Schleswig-Holstein is one of the main areas with fieldstone churches in Europe.
The building structure is built for eternity but what about the purpose? Research published earlier this year suggested that church attendance is declining so fast that the number of regular churchgoers will be fewer than those attending mosques within a generation.

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