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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  • One of the nicest cathedrals I've been to- really beautiful. Went later in the afternoon and it wasn't busy at all.  more »
  • Cultural heritage according to UNESCO. Place full of history of the Royal family. Open from 13 to 15 hours.
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  • The cathedral was interesting because all the royal family is buried there, even recent ones. Lots of standard cathedral type carvings and stained windows!  more »
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  • This church is a must see if you are visiting Roskilde or if you just have time to spare while visiting Copenhagen. The breath taking royal tombs takes you on a history trough the ages as you witness the various styles used by the different rulers for that graves, with the tomb of Magrethe I as the centrepiece. The church is also beatyfull, and it is easy to see how important it has been trough the ages. The prices are also cheap, with it costing only 60kr for an adult there really is no reason to not see this spectacular sight.
  • This was pretty cool, wouldn't go out of my way to see it. There's a bunch of royalty buried here that you've likely never heard of. But if you're there it's worth seeing.
  • Some fine views available of the Cathedral from a realtive distance. Generally unremarkable.
  • Beautiful building with a lot of interesting stuff inside.
  • Great history here with some amazing tombs of Danish royalty
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