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It seems to have been related to earlier German buildings, though there are also traces of Anglo-Norman and Lombard influences.Towards the end of the 13th century and until about 1500, the Gothic style became the norm with the result that most of the older Romanesque churches were rebuilt or adapted to the Gothic style. Canute's presents all the features of Gothic architecture: pointed arch, buttresses, ribbed vaulting, increased light and the spatial combination of nave and chancel.Hundreds of stone churches in the Romanesque style were built in the 12th and 13th centuries.
It was commissioned by the Danish nobleman Jens Holgersen Ulfstand who called on the services of Adam van Düren, a North German master who also worked on Lund Cathedral.
The building contains many defensive features of the times, including parapets, false doors, dead-end corridors, murder-holes for pouring boiling pitch over the attackers, moats, drawbridges and various other death traps to protect the nobles against peasant uprisings.
Like three other churches on the island, it is a round church.
The three-storeyed building is supported by a circular outer wall and an exceptionally wide, hollow central column.
During the late Middle Ages, a slow transition began from the traditional wooden houses in towns and villages towards half-timbered properties.