Roskilde Domkirke, Roskilde

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More than 40 kings and queens of Denmark are buried inside Roskilde Domkirke, 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 Domkirke to your Roskilde travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Roskilde itinerary planner .
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  • We Italians when we go to see a church abroad we already have that state of mind and that inner voice that tells you: "Seh, well, who knows what a waste of time". I had read something in the guides, I had read that the cathedral of Roskilde is considered the most beautiful and important church in the country and that its history is intertwined with that of the rulers of Denmark. I would never have expected to find such a wealth of stories, vicissitudes, images about the past of the Danish krone and the country. It is worth a visit: If you pass near Roskilde, the cathedral is worth a stop although maybe it is the only visit that you intend to do.
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  • I planned on visiting this small town outside of Copenhagen to visit the Viking Museum. I passed the cathedral on my walk from the train station. I ended up spending over an hour here. Very interestin...  more »
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  • This is definitely a destination. The burial spot of Danish kings and queens was ultimately interesting. If you have a good guide, it is even a better experience.
  • This is an amazing cathedral with a lot of history entombed in it. The woodcarving and stone work is really cool. There is good documentation for all the history in this place.
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