We walked from the old town, down the hill and to the water where the Viking Museum was located.
We had thought about going, but found out it WASN'T INCLUDED in our Copenhagen Card.
We had previously seen a Viking Museum in Oslo, so we weren't that worried on missing this one!
Instead, we had a look around the outside at the Boats for free, and then went exploring more of Roskilde.
If you are interested, it is OPEN....
23. June - 31. August 10 - 5PM
1. September - 22. June 10 - 4PM
Closed over Christmas
ADMISSION BETWEEN MAY & SEPTEMBER.....ADULTS....100DKK STUDENTS...80DKK
ADMISSION BETWEEN OCTOBER - APRIL.......ADULTS....60DKK STUDENTS...70DKK
A museum we visited was Roskilde Museum. The permanent exhibition is one of the largest local history collections. In here, we learnt about Roskilde city's cultural history, and even saw findings from Stone Age.
The Museum was ok, I didn't think anything outstanding. Probably would have been easier and more enjoyable if it had English sub-titles.
ADMISSION IN 2012....Adults 25dkk...Pensioners, students: DKK 15
0-17 years: Free
Free entry with Copenhargen card
OPEN DAILY....11 - 4PM
Roskilde Cathedral, how can you miss it, you can't, as it can seen from miles around! It is located on a rise in Roskilde, and has two copper plated towers and tall spires.
It's also situated in the medieval part of the city and is believed to be one of the first major buildings built.
This Cathedral isn't the original. As with many, it took the place of several wooden churches that once stood here.
The cornerstones of this twin-spired cathedral was laid by Bishop Absalon, [the founder of Copenhagen]. The Cathedral was built out of red bricks around 1170, Scandinavia's first Gothic cathedral to be built of brick. There has been additions over the years. Porches and Chapels have been added to the main building in different architectural designs, so now it incorporates both Gothic and Romanesque architectural design.
Since the 1536, Roskilde Cathedral has been the mausoleum and burial place for 40 Danish Kings and Queens.
It's an amazing sight inside the Cathedral and I must see.
In 1995 the cathedral was included in UNESCO's list of the world's inalienable cultural treasures.
1st April to 30th September
Monday - Saturday - 9.00 am - 5.00 pm
Sundays and holy days - from 12.30 to 5.00 pm
1st October to 31st March
Tuesday-Saturday - 10.00 am - 4.00 pm
Sundays and holy days - from 12.30 to 4.00 pm
ADMISSION IN 2012...Adults 60dkk
Free entry with Copenhagen card
Conducted tours of The Great Hall. It contains illustrations, objects and models illustrating a thousand years of Cathedral history from the early Middle Ages.
The website has details of available times.
Greyfriars Cemetery is quite close to the Railway station, and is worth a look at.
It is very different to other cemeteries, as the headstone's are hidden behind well trimmed small hedges, in locations anywhere on the lawn. The Franciscan chapel was built in 1855, replacing a larger Church. You look down to the Church along a pathway lined with trees.
Everything here is in a pretty, park-like setting.
Roskilde Palace is next door to the Cathedral, just look for the bright golden yellow building.
It was built in the 1730's and still operates in part as a Bishop’s Palace. The Palace is made up of four wings, and the Absalon Arch joins the Palace and Roskilde Cathedral. The Palace was the residence of the Royal family when they were passing through or attending royal funerals. It also was where the historic meeting took place of the Assembly of the Realm, that resulted in the Danish Constitution.
I walked around the inner courtyard, then we headed into the Museum in the Palace.
The Palace Garden is used for exhibitions, concerts and other cultural events.
I came across this Church as I was wandering around the streets, looking at the pretty old homes It is located on the hill, overlooking the yacht harbour.
Built around 1100, it is one of the oldest churches in Denmark. In medieval times it was parish church as well as church for a nearby leprosy hospital. The tower chamber contains remnants of a lepers' gallery from where the sick from the nearby hospital could follow the church services. The church was Roskilde's seamen's church, and therefore dedicated to the patron saint of seafarers, St. Clement.
What a find I had, and all because of waiting for a Bus to come along.
The Saint Jorgensberg area of Roskilde is a gorgeous hillside area, full of picturesque houses, some with thatched roof's and picket fences, quite a few were brightly painted, narrow streets, lovely gardens, and many with water views.
This was somewhere I thoroughly enjoyed just wandering around. When I saw a house that caught my eye, off I went, I probably walked around in circles, but who cared, my Camera was seeing plenty of action.
This was a drop-dead gorgeous area of Roskilde!
If you wish to do the same, it is to the left of the Viking Museum.
The Roskilde Cathedral Clock is located inside the Cathedral.
The Clock dates back to the 15th century, and has mechanical figures of St. George, the Dragon, the King's Daughter
The legend is.......The dragon had a city in Asia Minor under its spell and refused to spare it unless it was fed with a virgin each year. When the King's daughter was next to be sacrificed, Saint George arrived on horseback and slayed the dragon, but because he was a true saint, he did not accept the reward (the hand of the princess and half the kingdom).
Watch the clock chime, and you will see Saint George killing the dragon on the hour. The Dragon is in pain, so it lets out a loud wail.
Kirsten Kimers (the small figure in the middle) chimes the quarters on her small bell and Per Dover (on the right) strikes the hours on the large bell, while Kirsten shakes her head nervously. The face of the clock shows all 24 hours.
In the early 18th century the dean put a stop to the dragon. It seems that the congregation was more interested in the wail of the dragon than in the priest's sermons. In about 1870, the figures were once again positioned on the wall and the dragon was allowed to wail again.
Inside the Cathedral and behind the high Altar, is the Sarcophagus of Queen Margrethe 1.
Margrethe I, was also Queen of Norway and Sweden, and the founder of the Kalmar Union (1397-1523) that united all of the Scandinavian countries for centuries.
She died suddenly on board her ship in Flensburg Harbor on 28 October 1412.
She had left property to the Cathedral on the condition that Masses for her soul would be said regularly in the future. This was discontinued in 1536, during the Reformation, but a special bell is still rung twice daily in commemoration of the Queen.
Another astonishing piece of beautiful carving is on the Choir Stalls. The choir stalls date from 1420, and the inscription along the top states that they were presented by Bishop Jens Andersen Lodehat in memory of Queen Margrete and her Bishop Peter Jensen Lodehat.
The carved reliefs depict scenes from Creation to the Last Judgment. On the south side are scenes from the Old Testament and on the north, are illustrations from the New Testament
Christian IV's Chapel was built 1614-41. The king had commissioned his own monument, depicting him and his queen kneeling before a crucifix, but since it had been completed before his death, the monument had been temporarily placed in storage in the king's arsenal. When the arsenal burned in 1647, all that remained of the monument was the grand sandstone crucifix and a head carved from alabaster. So now, he had what wad decided for him.
To enter the Chapel, I first passed through ornate iron-work entrances, on which the monograms of Christian IV and Anne Cathrine are located. Inside, is a statue of the King, made in 1840, and five coffins. There is his, one for the Queen, Anne Cathrine, his son Christian who died before him, his son Frederik III and Queen Sophie Amalie
The two large paintings on opposite sides of the chapel are from the 1860's. They depict famous scenes from the life of Christian IV.
Take a close look at the Altarpiece....Isn't it beautiful!
This three-sided altar piece from 1560 was created in Antwerp and is one of the cathedral’s precious artefacts. The cabinet is a gilded woodcarving in oak showing the life, death and resurrection of Jesus. The central portion shows the Passion and Crucifixion which in the past was normally only visible on major festive occasions.
A walk down the Nave to the High Altar, saw the beautiful Baroque classical Organ that was built in 1554 by a famous Dutch organ builder. The actual Organ loft dates to 1425.
Another beautiful piece, is the pulpit which was donated by King Christian IV in 1610.
Opposite the Organ, is where the Royals sit. The Royal Pew was built around 1600, in the reign of Christian IV.
I hope you find the King's Door which is located on the west front of the building.
It is used as an ENTRANCE ONLY FOR THE ROYALS, and for leaving the Cathedral after Weddings and Confirmations.
This is not the original door here. The original door replaced and oaken door with carvings, which had replaced a marble entrance. The old old doors can be seen in Roskilde Museum.
The King's Door was chosen from a competition held. Now, the losing entries can be seen in Roskilde Museum.
On the outside of the door are the 12 Apostles...
From the top LH side is "James the Greater"....Shell and staff
Matthew...Counting board reflecting his past as a tax collector, T-cross and sword.
Thomas...Putting finger into a nail mark.
Peter....Ear, Cockerel, and arm with sword.
From the top to the bottom on the RH side is ........
Philip....Chalice, snake, latin cross & stone [he was stoned to death]
James the Lesser....Bad knee [ he kneeled and prayed often]
Thaddeus.....Eight pointed star [ he was a Shepherd]
Bartholomew.....He was skinned alive and be-headed.
Simon......Saw, Fish and purple seal [his father was a seller of cloth]
From inside the Cathedral, the door looks golden. There are many ears of wheat on the door, these signify the bread broken by Jesus. The bowed heads of the Disciples express the reverence which the gift of God's grace has given them during the meal.
A very interesting door.
Roskilde Cathedral has been the mausoleum and burial place for 40 Danish Kings and Queens.
Inside the Cathedral are various ornate sarcophaguses, placed in various burial chapels. Many Chapel sections have been added during centuries to the main building.
The Royal Tombs are spectacular monuments, architectural gems, absolutely beautiful!
I don't know how much time we spent here, but it was quite a lot! Each Tomb seemed to out-do the other!
The Royal Burial plot at Roskilde Cathedral is the only type of sight in the world - where so many Royalties are buried in one place.