Roskilde Cathedral

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Domkirkepladsen, Roskilde, Denmark
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slothtraveller slothtra…
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WHS Denmark: Roskilde Cathedral Jan 17, 2017
I had a great time exploring the cathedral in Roskilde in 2016. The cathedral is a UNESCO World Heritage Site as it is a fine example of an early brick-built cathedral and has great importance due to being the burial site of Danish royalty for centuries. Entry was free with the Copenhagen Card (worth investing in) and I was given the most superb brochure detailing each section of the cathedral and making orientation around the building so much easier and less overwhelming. I followed the numbered route in the brochure stopping at each section to read about what I was seeing. And what an amazing number of royal tombs there are in this cathedral! In pride of place by the altar, you can see the tomb of Queen Margrethe I who reigned during the Kalmar Union of Denmark, Norway and Sweden and was at one time regent or monarch of those three Scandinavian nations. Subsequent kings and queens are buried in elaborate tombs in chapels around the cathedral and I spent about an hour and a half exploring them. There is even an area designated for the tombs of the current queen of Denmark, Margrethe II and her husband Prince Henrik.

Whilst walking around the cathedral, you come across the cathedral museum located up some steps where there is a model of the building. From the balcony, you get a great view of the cathedral from above.

The Domkirke is not to be missed when visiting Roskilde. Even if you are not particularly religious, the historic importance of this building makes it a must-visit!

Address: Domkirkepladsen 3, Roskilde

Directions: Well signposted from the railway station.

Roskilde Cathedral
Tomb of Queen Margrethe I
Model of Roskilde Cathedral
Cathedral interior
slothtraveller says:
That's a shame Jo. I'm not particularly religious but exploring this cathedral was memorable, educational and actually fun too.
Posted on: Mar 11, 2017
Jo104 says:
I missed this one
Posted on: Mar 11, 2017
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Vikram Vikram
306 reviews
Cathedrals don't come grander than this! Jul 11, 2016
This cathedral is touristy. Make no mistake. But touristy in the bestest of ways. This church which has fast become the main attraction for its namesake town is near impossible to miss, and holds a very significant place in the world of Christianity in Denmark. It's also home to the graves of nearly 40 of this country's monarchs over the years.

The Cathedral is decently priced, although it's free for those with a Copenhagen Card.

There are so many highlights here I could go on forever:

* The famous clock (see photo) from the 1400s that's one of a kind in Denmark

* The Canon's Chancel which houses the 3 wing altarpiece made in Antwerp

* Chapel of the Magi that includes sepulchres of Christian 1 and his wife. But even more interesting in the central pillar that contains markings to indicate the heights of royal visitors to the cathedral over the years

* Frederik 5's Chapel, a hall that contains so many black and gold ornate coffins

* Christian 4's Chapel with the 2 larger than life paintings....

As I said, I could go on and on but I'd so rather suggest that you visit it instead!
View of the Cathedral
The nave with the Canon's Chancel …
The King's Door
The 3 winged Altarpiece made in An…
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Ils1976 says:
check ... have to remember this one! :)
Posted on: Sep 04, 2016
liekevo liekevo
41 reviews
Roskilde Cathedral Jul 26, 2006
Roskilde cathedral is a very nice cathedral which is the burial ground for danish monarchs. The cathedral is listed as an UNESCO World Heritage Site. The cathedral was built in the 12th and 13th centuries, and it was Scandinavia's first Gothic cathedral to be built of brick.

At the entrance I got a information sheet about the cathedral, they even had on in dutch :) I walked around and saw al the different porches and side chapels. There are many tombs and crypts spread over the cathedral.

If I remember right there also was the possibility of a guided tour at certain times.
Inside of Roskilde Cathedral

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