|Fifty-two burial mounds and long barrows were originally found at various locations in and around Lyø, only five of which are intact today. The dolmens were used as burial chambers for the community’s leaders and their families. |
The largest and most well-preserved of these is Klokkestenen – a dolmen chamber from 3500–3100 BC, situated on a 20-metre-high hill on the west side of the island.
A grove was planted around Klokkestenen c. 1920 and was used by the islanders as a meeting place in connection with gatherings on Denmark’s Constitution Day (June 5).
Klokkestenen’s name (literally the bell stone) derives from the fact that if the superjacent stone is hit correctly in various places, a bell-like sound is produced and, reputedly, the hitter’s wish will come true!