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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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  • On the way to the Viking Museum it's worth 30 minutes to view this refreshingly clean, uncluttered Lutheran Cathedral. It has a formula 1 motor racing style.  more »
  • We chose to do a tour in 20 min by train you will arrive Sunday from central station. With the Copenhagen card is around compreso.il village is so pretty and peaceful, the Church is beautiful both from outside than inside ... Unfortunately we had to leave right away because it was closed for different ceremonies. Those few seconds however we liked so much. recommended outing!
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  • 39 Kings and Queens are buried there, an impressive cathedral. Worth a visit and entrance fee is 60 crowns.
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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