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Roskilde Cathedral

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Roskilde Cathedral
Alt Name:
Roskilde Domkirke
High Medieval (1000AD–1300AD)
1100AD - 1199AD
Christian IV of Denmark
Roskilde, Copenhagen,
The Viking Ship Museum,

Roskilde Cathedral history

Roskilde Cathedral (Roskilde Domkirke) in Northwest Zealand in Denmark is an imposing gothic structure imbued with centuries of history. Constructed in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries, Roskilde Cathedral is resplendent with looming spires and contains a wealth of sculptures and wall paintings.

Since the eleventh century, Denmark’s monarchs were buried at Roskilde Cathedral and the thirty eight royal tombs found there include those of Sweyn I Forkbeard, Christian IV, Frederik II and Frederik III. Christian IV’s burial place is particularly opulent. Legend also has it that the remains of Harald I Bluetooth, the Viking warrior, are hidden there, but this has never been confirmed.

One of the most interesting aspects of Roskilde Cathedral is its storm bell, one of the oldest in Denmark.

Since 1995, Roskilde Cathedral has been a UNESCO World Heritage historic site and this fascinating site also features as one of our top visitor attractions in Denmark.


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France Lacoursiere
06 Feb, 2014

The somewhat plain decor of the Lutheran cathedral just enhance the beauty of the frescoes, paintings and lattice work adorning the beautifully carved sarcophagus of the kings of Denmark. Worth a visit.

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contact details

Address: Roskilde Domkirke, Domkirkestræde 10, 4000 Roskilde, Denmark

Phone: +45 46 35 16 24

E-Mail: post@roskildedomkirke.dk

visitor information

Directions to Roskilde Cathedral :
Roskilde Cathedral is around a 10 minute walk from Roskilde train station. Trains travel frequently between Roskilde and Copenhagen, the 36km journey taking around 25 minutes. By car from Copenhagen take Highway 21 and exit at Roskilde, following signs to the cathedral.

Roskilde Cathedral opening times and ticket prices:
Roskilde Cathedral is open at the following times - Apr-Sept: 9am-4pm weekdays, 9am-noon Saturdays, 12:30pm-4:45pm Sundays. Oct-Mar: 10am-3:45pm Tuesday to Saturday, 12:30pm-3:45pm Sundays. Closed Mondays. Entry costs 25 DKK.

Local Amenities:
There are cafes and shops nearby.


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