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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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  • Where are buried many of the King of Denmark is also a world heritage site. It is in a convenient location within walking from the train station go by train with a Copenhagen card range. Early in the morning to so the other tourists who didn't. Large sharp was characterized by Tower-like appearance.
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  • Roskilde Cathedral is something different from what we are accustomed, still interesting to visit the Centre of the city. Curious them figures mobile that at each time point is moving, where is represents to San Jorge killing to the dragon.
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  • Not every church, even if it is in the UNESCO list of world heirs, inspired me, the Roskilde Cathedral did it. The admission price that is far below the usual Danish Museum entrance fees (60,-DKr), is a very detailed multilingual guide through the Cathedral included. With its information, I've stopped me one and a half hours in the Cathedral. I know, because in the Church, a figure clock chimes every quarter hour.
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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