Sunday, April 8, 2012

Visiting Roskilde Cathedral

King Christian IV's Chapel

If you come to Copenhagen and are looking for the most representative Danish church, Roskilde Cathedral is definitely your choice. Just take a regional train from Central Station and travel 20-30 minutes west and there you are, the small city of Roskilde, once the most important town in Denmark, both religious and economic wise.
Why is Roskilde Cathedral (Roskilde Domkirke) so famous?
First of all, is part of UNESCO World Heritage Site. Those UNESCO guys should know what they are doing :)
Second, all the major Denmark rulers starting with Margrethe I (1412) and ending with Frederick IX(1972) are buried here. As a result, beautiful chapels have been raised to host the sarcophagus.
Third, for the architecture lovers, it is the first Brick Gothic cathedral built, borrowing over years elements from other styles like Romanesque and Dutch Renaissance.
So don't hesitate! Take a regional train and head to Roskilde!

Christian IX's Chapel

Chapel of the Magi

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