Roskilde Off The Beaten Path

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    Skt Ibs Kirke

    by leics Written Sep 28, 2014

    I was pleased to find this very ancient church was open to the public...most of the churches I'd tried to visit had been closed.

    Skt Ibs (St James) church really is ancient. It dates from 1100, when Roskilde was at the height of its religious importance...the town has 14 churches at that time. St Ibs is a small and, now, a very plain building both inside and out, typically Romanesque and more of a chapel than a church. The church is built of travertine, a tufa-like stone, and its original small windows were replaced with larger ones in the 1200s.

    Like many ancient European churches it's had changes of use: a hospital for Spanish soldiers in the Napoleonic Wars, a warehouse for a merchant in the 1800s.

    The interior is largely whitewashed although the remains of a later Medieval fresco have been exposed. You can switch on a light to further illuminate the fresco.

    The church stands in beautifully-kept and very peaceful grounds, with just a very few headstones and memorials still remaining. It is a lovely spot to sit and think or read, or just enjoy the quiet.

    It's well worth making a detour on your way back from the Viking Ship Museum, walking up Skt Ibs Vej and popping into the church before returning to the town centre.

    You'll find the church on Skt Ibs Vey, on the left as you walk from the museum and on the right as you walk from the town.

    Exterior Interior Fresco detail Beautiful grounds Exterior 2
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    Holy Wells

    by leics Written Sep 28, 2014

    Ancient Roskilde was not only a place where power resided but also a very important religious settlement, with churches, monasteries and convents.

    And, of course, it had its holy wells and holy springs, as did all Medieval settlements. Pure. clean water was vitally important win the days when sanitation pretty much did not exist, so people greatly valued the pure water from springs which bubbled from the ground. At least one of the springs I came across has a very high iron content...I believe this is called a 'chalybeate' spring, though i may be wrong...and one can imagine that perhaps the water from such a spring did help those who were suffering from anaemia.

    St Hans Kilde (St John's Spring) lies alongside the path which leads from the Domkirke to Byparken. Its present appearance obviously dates from more modern times (it was excavated in the 1830s) but the spring itself had a reputation for healing the sick.

    I spotted another spring...one with a great deal of iron..as I made my way along St Ibs Vey, aiming for the ancient St Ibs Kirke. This spring, like St Hans Kilde, has been paved and sorted-out in modern times but it still trickles its rusty way along the slabs, as it always has done.

    The final spring I found was St Gertrude's, a little further towards town on Frederiksborgvej. Apparently this one has changed its exit point several times over the centuries and in 1934 it dried up entirely and the well was closed. End of the spring? No...in 1974 it suddenly reappeared, with so much water pouring out that a new outflow was built in 1986, and that's the one you can see today.

    Roskilde has even more of these holy springs and wells.....more than 20 altogether. 'Roskilde water' was long transported to the rich and powerful in Copenhagen, to ease their bodily ills.

    Keep your eyes open as you wander the town. I found just 3 springs, but I wasn't there forvery long and there are 17+ more to look for! :-)

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    Medieval Roskilde

    by leics Written Sep 27, 2014

    I can across this outdoor scale-model of how Medieval Roskilde once looked as I was wandering back from the Viking Ship Museum.

    Although a bit weather-worn it's really rather interesting. It shows very clearly just how many churches, monasteries and religious places once existed in the settlement as it was in around 1400........and how small that settlement actually was. It's easy to forget how much 'smaller' the Medieval world was.

    You'll find the model on the side of Sankt Ibs Vey, just a few metres from the traffic roundabout near the Viking Ship Museum.

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    Boserup Skov

    by Andreja86 Written Mar 21, 2010

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    Boserup Skov is a forrest just outside Roskilde and is located east from the Skt. Hans Hospital.
    If you enjoy hiking or mountainbiking Boserup is the place to go.

    During the war against Sweden in 1650 more than 2000 trees were cut down followed by an expansion in 1700.
    Because of it's beautiful location next to Kattinge. it was preserved in 1980. It is one of the countries most 20 visited forrests. In the map there is a yellow marked 5 km hiking trip. It is

    In the forrest there is a nature campingsite as well.

    It can be reached by car, bike or bus(bus nr. 605 and 607)

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    Town of Springs

    by gordonilla Written May 3, 2008

    The springs around the town have played a great part in it's development. There is a legend that says the origins of the town come from the time of King Ro - he built houses around a spring, and then named the town after himself and the spring.

    King Ro = Ro and Spring = kilde so we now have Roskilde!

    I am reliably informed that the town used to have 24 springs and wells; although some have disappeared many still remain. The town became famous for it's curative springs and in 1729, Roskilde spring water was taken to the court of King Fredrick IV who was ill. After drinking the water he recovered, and for many years afterwards there were weekly deliveries of Roskilde spring water.

    Many springs still remain flowing. The images show the Maglekilde located a short distance from the cathedral. the head of Neptune has some 15,000 litres of spring water running through it each hour.

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    Byvolden - The Rampart

    by gordonilla Written May 3, 2008

    Located in Byparken.

    This is the location of the town ramparts which were built around 1150 - the rampart which was around 10m wide encircled the entire town. Located nearby was a moat which was some 13m wide. The defensive facilities appear to have been in place up until the 18th century when they were demolished and removed.

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    Church of St John the Baptist, Roskilde

    by gordonilla Written May 3, 2008

    Situated in Byparken, the church was probably built in the 12th century as a parish church for the clergy of the Cathedral. It was pulled down after the Danish Reformation.

    The land around it is protected and beneath the grass is located the medieval town and streets that surround it.

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    Visit Boserup skov (forest)

    by OH_DK Written Jul 31, 2007

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    On a nice sunny day I recommend to have a picnic in Boserup skov (forest) - it's just 2 km. in direction north-west.
    Catch bus 607 (direction Boserup) from the train station of Roskilde or rent a bike in Roskilde and go towards Sct. Jørgensbjerg and Sct. Hans Hospital. It's a beautiful forest with a lot of beach trees, wild flowers and very nice views to the fjord of Roskilde.

    Map of Boserup skov (forest)
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    Find all of Roskilde's natural springs!

    by bpacker Updated Sep 6, 2005

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    Roskilde has more than 10 natural springs, try going on a "treasure hunt " and you'll be occupied the whole day as you find spring after spring, each with their own little history.

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    Found it ! Now to the next spring!
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    Øm jettestue

    by jonkb Written Mar 10, 2004

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    How about walking into a 5000 year old grave. Øm jettestue is an open gravechamber used for burials and offerings. The place is a bit difficult to get to by public transport, but easily accessible from Roskilde by bike.

    There are two information plaques on the site. Most of the information is in danish only, but a summary in english and german is also available.

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    Path/park between Domkirke and Viking Ship Museum

    by TNPETER3 Written Jun 22, 2004

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    There is well used pathway from the church down to the Viking Ship Museum which only takes about 5 minutes to walk.
    I found some interesting local "art" along the way!

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