Route 5: Regisse Kilde

In various places in Denmark, there are springs that were once regularly frequented, especially on Midsommer Eve, by people who believed the water to have healing powers on this evening.
One such holy spring is Regisse Kilde in Frørup. Regisse or Reise Kilde, as it is sometimes called, is situated on the land  belonging to Regissegård farm, close to Kongshøj Å river.

Holy springs nearly always have a story attached, and Regisse is no exception. One story tells of Regisse witnissing the slaughter of her children, and that the springemerged where this took place. Another tells that she was attacked by the farmer for whom she worked, and the spring emerged where she fell. A third suggests that the name comes from a young woman who preached Christianity in the early days and paid for doing so with her life. Where her blood flowed, a miraculous spring came into existence.

Regisse Kilde ws renovated from 1993-95, during which time several finds were discovered from the Middle Ages.

As a child, Hans Christian Andersen visited the holy spring with his mother, who participated in religious gatherings at the annual Midsummer Market by the spring. 
Andersen grew up devout and superstitious and was attracted by both Jesus and the Nordic Gods. His novel "Only a Fiddler", which was published in 1837, was inspired by this background.

There is a car park a short walking distance from the spring.