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. Add Roskilde Cathedral to your Roskilde travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Roskilde itinerary planner .
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  • August 15, 2017
    So much for history for interior architecture, this Cathedral is impressive. The red color of the brick alternates with the frescoes in ochre and green. Many recumbent, sculptures in marble, but also wooden. The atmosphere is both more hot than our austere churches but also conducive to meditation. A lot of things to watch for a price very reasonable 75ddk (very nice paper included) a highlight!
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  • August 15, 2017
    Beautiful Cathedral in the Centre of the pretty town of Roskilde. Arrived just at 17.30 (closing was at 18), the friendly staff at the entrance left us free entrance. Withdrawn the brochure in Italian, very nice also typographically. The long series of tombs makes a striking revision to the history of the village. Advice to always check opening times on the website of the Cathedral, because of too much, according to vary, festivities, concerts or events. Overall it is a visit not to be missed and is easily attachable to the nearby Viking Ship Museum, which is a 15-minute walk through a park. In the photo the Royal box in the nave.
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  • August 14, 2017
    A Testament To The Craftsmanship And Artistry Of The People Long Passed Who Constructed This Magnificent Cathedral Around 1170 And Has Some Additions/ Alterations Since.An Important Historical Buildin...  more »
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  • May 2, 2017
    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.
  • March 3, 2017
    Very beautiful place. Interesting museum and you can walk almost anywhere inside. Many different languages for the explanations booklet.
  • June 9, 2017
    Gorgeous church which is quite large and stands out from the surrounding buildings
  • May 11, 2017
    Beautiful building with a lot of interesting stuff inside.
  • July 26, 2016
    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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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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