The Cathedral is one of the earliest examples of French-inspired Gothic brick architecture and the whole site constitutes a beautiful and harmonic unit.
This Cathedral has never hosted coronations or royal weddings. The actual burial ceremonies were also held elsewhere.
Roskilde Cathedral became a mausoleum for the Danish Royal family and reaped the benefits of the royal favors that accompanied its status, extensions and royal monuments have been added at regular intervals.
The Cathedral on the ridge at the very heart of Roskilde fjord cuts a prominent figure in the town and local landscape. In 1995, the Cathedral was added to UNESCO's list of the world's most precious cultural assets.
Churches have been located on this spot for more than 1,000 years.
This cathedral has so much history that tells a lot about Denmark history and the Royal family.
Visiting hours depend on the day and season, so be sure to check the website for a complete schedule:
The church is normally open:
- Apr. to 30 Sept. Monday - friday: 9.00 - 16.45
Saturday: 9.00 - 12.00 Sun- and holydays: 12.30 - 16.45
- Oct. to 31 Mar. Monday closed. Tuesday - saturday 10.00 - 15.45
Sun- and holydays 12.30 - 15.45
Roskilde's three giant jars stand almost in front of the Train Station. It's the first spot you'll see from the station. The sculpture of giant jars was made by the artist Peter Brandes and they are 5 metres high and weigh about 24 tons. According to the artist they symbolise life and death, as jars are used for storage of food and as urns.
The impressive red brick Cathedral is one of the most remarkable buildings in Denmark. It was built in the 12th and 13th centuries and this was Scandinavia's first Gothic cathedral. The World Heritage Committee has inscribed Roskilde Cathedral on the World Heritage List in 1995. Since the early 15th century the Cathedral has been the favourite burial place of the Royal Family.
This is really a lot of fun. Embark yourself in a real viking ship and sail around Roskilde. You will have to row in the old fashion style and learn how to manipulate the vessel. It's a terrific experience for all ages.
You could think it's the typical touristic attraction..but
you are wrong! Danes(not everyone,obviously!!) are ACTUALLY fond of their ancestors and their customs!
So,a little for passion and a little for turism,in the Roskilde Harbour,custom and accurate viking ships regularly sail to make feel you how norsmen mastered the seas!!!
Unfortunately I didn't try it becouse....it was the last day
and I had completely ended my money.. :(
I don't believe that you,during the looong evenings of Winter spent watching tv at home,have never heard
about the famous five viking ships found in the bay of Roskilde...
The particularly characteristics of the water and climate have determined a good preservation of the
ship frames with many other artifacts,as seaxes(log knives),shields and clothes...
Thanks to this important discover,archaeologists were able to understand how norsmen built their excellent ships and how they use them.
Not every ships are used for war acts:a pair of them are used for trading,,,in facts,not everyone knows that vikings were also really able merchants!
Little but well organized museum;you will follow and ideal itinerary all around the five frame ships to understand(thanks nice "diorama"and miniaturized models,also)how norsmen conducted their battles..
There is also a littel shop to buy "viking"stuffs and
One of the things I appreciated,is surely teh possibility
to read several original texts(in english and in Danish)
about ship making and battle chronology..
Roskilde Park is located on your way down from Roskilde Cathedral to the Viking Ship Museum. Cosy and nice place for to spend some time.
Culture-historical museum showing archaeology, shipping, viking period. If not to go in - a good place just for to walk around.
This cathedral is one of Denmark's most important ones because Roskilde was once the capital of the country. Nice place with beautiful tombs.
Come and see how viking ships were and are built and visit the museum to see some of the original surviving ships. Very interesting.
I have to say that I have not stay in the Hotel Prindsen, but I have been told it is quite a place...more
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