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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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  • Inside and see the church interior was an incredibly beautiful and fascinate church with many beautiful things to look at a visit is a must.
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  • The Roskilde Cathedral is certainly worth a visit. The chapels, which buried the ancient kings of Denmark, are very beautiful. Deserves special mention the tomb of Queen Margherete I, placed behind the main altar. Very nice the walkway that develops in the upper part of the Church.
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  • Unesco heritage worth seeing the Church with a variety of funerary sculptures of marble and very good made. Beautiful church.
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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