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Roskilde Cathedral, Roskilde
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More than 40 kings and queens of Denmark are buried inside Roskilde Cathedral, making it a world record-holder in royal church burials. This World Heritage Site features mid-15th century frescoes, monumental Baroque paintings, stucco decoration, and elaborate sculptural compositions as well as and gilt, silver-plated, and white marble sarcophagi. The present brick cathedral with its twin Gothic spires was built in the 12th and 13th centuries, but porches and side chapels were added up to the end of the 19th century. Go to the gable's windows of the Christian IV's chapel, and see four putti holding up the symbols of death: a skull, a scythe, a torch, and an hourglass. The royal tombs represent the evolution of funerary monumental art. Compare the simple, classical appearance of the 19th century Frederick V's chapel with the ornate Baroque interior of the Christian IV’s chapel. Using our online itinerary creator, Roskilde attractions like Roskilde Cathedral can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • We were very late in Roskilde, so we were only just before the whistle in the Cathedral. For this, we were allowed the remaining time without having to pay admission to the Church, which is very impressive. The glory (and easy the amount) of Tomb monuments almost kills one. Since the small model of the glass "snow white coffin", that input is ggü.dem in the side chapel, and in which even the reigning Queen will be buried together (!) with her husband, seems somehow touching. That's when the clock struck and the visitors were forced to leave the Cathedral was then less touching: there were slammed the doors to the chapels with a noise, that probably the one or the other departed from his eternal rest was startled. All kidding aside: that would certainly also little more go...
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  • I stopped by on their way to the Viking Museum. This church is visible from anywhere in the city, so when they get lost, this church to arukeba good? Could not and was going to see slowly in later saw the Viking Museum, Viking Museum is surprisingly fun and here take time to slowly (&gt; _ <)
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  • We went here after visiting the museum. You get a free guide book and the cathedral is amazing. Many royals are buried here. Also walk around the quaint town if you have time. 
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  • Just stunning. The Cathedral is such a wonder, even if a little strange. I've never seen anything like it. In all, 20 kings and 17 queens are entombed here, among many others. The wall paintings are gothic and medieval, and every part is constructed with beautiful detail. We had only an hour, and still worth going.
  • Really beautiful and impressive. Probably the best church you can visit in Denmark.
  • Lovely small town, and beautiful view of sunset in the dock.
  • Small compared to most internationally admired cathedrals, but beautiful and impressive inside as well as out. Displays about 800 years of changing architecture, has an interesting history as well as beautiful view from atop a hill. Almost never "overrun" by people - Danish churches almost never are. ;)
  • A beautiful cathedral with architectural details from the last 900 years