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Roskilde Cathedral, Roskilde

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Architectural Building Religious Site
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 visited Roskilde while we stayed in Copenhagen. This is one of the most beautiful cathedrals in Europe. The chapels & tombs inside are ornate yet tastefully done. The Glockenspiel in the back of th...  more »
  • We took a little longer than anticipated to get here from Copenhagen as the train system was a little tricky to navigate but we made it in the end, and it was well worth it. A very impressive building...  more »
  • A historic cathedral, both as a centre of worship, and as the burial site of Danish Royalty. Fascinating history, and admission includes a guide book (English language in our case). Each tomb also has...  more »
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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.