Bottles from Karolinekilde

Bottle from the Odense company 'Karolinekilde', c. 1900. The company was named after the holy spring Carolinekilde in Odense. This bottle is now at Møntergården in Odense. Photo: Jens Gregers Aagaard.


Carolinekilde in Odense is a spring from the Middle Ages. Much later, a mineral water company in Odense took the name 'Karolinekilde', thereby branding itself with the powers of the spring – even though the water in the bottles came from somewhere else.

At the bidding of the gods Faith and rituals have shaped life on Funen since antiquity. In the hope of gaining the gods’ favour, Funen’s inhabitants dispatched grave goods to the kingdom of the dead, constructed churches and wore both Thor’s hammers and Christian crosses. Sacred trading People often gather together in large numbers to worship their gods. From antiquity and up to modern times, places of assembly emerged throughout Denmark where people went to offer and pray. And while they were about it, they might just as well ply their trades, exchange slaves and have their ships, ornaments and weapons repaired.
This location is part of the exhibition 'Funen – at the centre of the universe', at Møntergården in Odense. Read more about the exhibition on our website.