I recently travelled to Roskilde (just outside of Copenhagen) for a three-day workshop. While there was little time for exploring the town, I did get to visit the main cathedral (Roskilde Domkirke) and pop past the Viking ship museum.

In the old centre of Roskilde

In the old centre of Roskilde

 

Roskilde Cathedral was constructed in the 12th century, although the site was the location for churches since the 900’s. It is a UNESCO world heritage site, and is definitely worth a visit if you are in the area – the combination of red brick and whitewashed sections create a really interesting look. Since the 15th century is has been the burial place for Danish royalty, with various chapels added on to accommodate kings and queens since then. It was interesting to see the different styles of the chapels and the tombs, which all differed considerably.

Inside Roskilde Cathedral

Inside Roskilde Cathedral

 

One of the stranger features in the church is a long black stone set among tombstones at the back of the church – the story goes that a three-legged horse (that possibly brought bad luck) is buried there!

The seats around the alter are all overtopped by wooden reliefs illustrating scenes from the Bible - can anybody figure out what this represents?

The seats around the alter are all overtopped by wooden reliefs illustrating scenes from the Bible – can anybody figure out what this represents?

The cathedral is an easy walk from Roskilde’s central train station, and you can find the cathedral’s official websites here and here. And a short walk down from the cathedral to the sea will bring you to the Viking ship museum…

Exterior of Roskilde Cathedral

Exterior of Roskilde Cathedral

 

The Viking ship museum in Roskilde houses five old viking boats (recovered from the seafloor of the Roskilde Fjord) as well as their contemporary reconstructions. It looked interesting and I think would be a great place to visit in summer when it is more comfortable to enjoy their outdoor exhibitions and the stunning location of the museum. Sorry… no photographs because the light had already deteriorated by that time of the afternoon! You can find more information at the museum’s website.

Inside Roskilde Cathedral

Inside Roskilde Cathedral

 

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