Thursday, August 23, 2012

Denmark: Roskilde Cathedral

Roskilde Domkirke is an impressive red brick cathedral, one of the most remarkable buildings in the whole Denmark. Listed among the World Heritage Sites in 1995, the cathedral marks the center of the town and is visited by more than 100,000 tourists every year. Taking a tour here is like taking a tour of the Danes' history as it also represents the burial place for the royal family since the 15th century.
During the Middle Ages, Danish monarchs were also buried here, including King Harold Bluetooth, and Queen Margrete I. Over the years, 38 kings have been laid to rest here, many in magnificent sarcophagi that are nowadays displayed in one of the cathedral's wings. At the same time, many priests who served the cathedral are buried under huge slabs of stone, whose inscriptions can still be read at the level of the cathedral's floor.

In addition to the chapels, the cathedral has beautiful woodcarvings, a gilded altarpiece, frescoes, and a famous baroque organ from 1554. The place is the setting for many great concerts all year round. This instrument is one of the finest of its kind in Denmark.
Replica of the queen's official piece of garment.

Roskilde Domkirke Opening hours: 

1 April - 30 September: Mon - Sat,  9 am - 5 pm; Sunday and public holidays: 12:30 pm - 5 pm
1 October - 31 March: Closed on Mondays; Tu - Sat: 10 am - 4 pm; Sunday and public holidays: 12:30 pm - 5 pm

Admission: Adults - DKK 60  (8 Euros) ; Children DKK 20 (2.70 Euros).

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