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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 had a really great and exciting experience in the Cathedral, which rise to a lot of questions about our history, from my children. Only minus is that there must be paid in order to get out. The Church must be open to all.
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  • While it is very lovely that the cathedral is a working parish church, it is a very important historical landmark, too. We arrived on a Saturday morning to find the cathedral was closed until 4:30 pm ...  more »
  • The Church is cheap, to be Denmark, I think which was worth 60kr. Include you the little map. The Church inside this quite well, and has buried many people. What happens is that you for those who do not know history Danish, we are all buried unknown. But it is true that there are enough beautiful tombs.
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  • A very beautiful cathedral! You can also go up to the third floor and see its various artifacts and the same cathedral in miniature form.
  • Very beautiful place. Interesting museum and you can walk almost anywhere inside. Many different languages for the explanations booklet.
  • Gorgeous church which is quite large and stands out from the surrounding buildings
  • Beautiful building with a lot of interesting stuff inside.
  • 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.

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Where to stay in Roskilde

Tailor your Roskilde vacation by choosing a hotel, hostel, or bed and breakfast near any of the city's major attractions. If you are in town specifically to explore its Viking heritage, stay along the harbor directly adjacent to the Viking museum. To take in the historical old town, pick from a number of options, including Denmark's oldest hotel. If you've come for the famous Roskilde Festival, you'll want to stay close to the fairgrounds. Scenic hotels or peaceful campgrounds along the the Roskilde Fjord, just a five-minute drive from the city center, offer a quiet alternative to city activity.
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