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Roskilde Cathedral

Roskilde Cathedral: Roskilde was named the capital city of Denmark by King Harald Bluetooth around the year 960. The present Roskilde Cathedral was built in the 12th and 13th centuries on the site of an earlier wooden stave church built by King Harald Bluetooth. Harald Bluetooth converted Denmark to Christianity. The choir of Roskilde Cathedral was consecrated in 1225. It is said that King Harald Bluetooth was buried in one of the pillars of the choir. The altar piece was made in Antwerp in 1560, it was taken as payment for the Sound Toll. The cathedral is situated near Roskilde Fjord. Roskilde Cathedral was the first Gothic cathedral of Scandinavia to be built of brick. Roskilde Cathedral is a Gothic cathedral, but it has both Romanesque and Gothic architectural features in its design. Roskilde Cathedral had been the mausoleum for the Danish Royal Family since the 15th century. Since the 15th century, with only one exception, all Danish kings and queens have been buried in Roskilde Cathedral. The tombs of the Danish Royal Family can be found throughout the cathedral and in the chapels. Many side chapels were built up to the end of the 19th century. The most impressive is the chapel of Christian IV. Roskilde Cathedral and the monuments at Jelling are the most important national and historic sites in Denmark. There are several other World Heritage Sites located around Roskilde: the hunting landscape Jægersborg Dyrehave about 43 km to the northeast; Stevns Klint about 48 km to the southeast; Kronborg Castle about 69 km to the northeast. Roskilde Cathedral gained status as an UNESCO World Heritage in 1995.

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Roskilde Cathedral - The twin towers of Roskilde Cathedral dominate the skyline of Roskilde City. Roskilde Cathedral is situated near the Roskilde Fjord....

The twin towers of Roskilde Cathedral dominate the skyline of Roskilde City. Roskilde Cathedral is situated near the Roskilde Fjord. Roskilde Cathedral was built in the 12th and 13th centuries on the site of an earlier wooden church, many side chapels were built up to the end of the 19th century. It was the first cathedral in Scandinavia to be built of brick. Roskilde Cathedral gained the status as an UNESCO World Heritage in 1995.

  1. Roskilde Cathedral - The twin towers of Roskilde Cathedral dominate the skyline of Roskilde City. Roskilde Cathedral is situated near the Roskilde Fjord....

    The twin towers of Roskilde Cathedral dominate the skyline of Roskilde City. Roskilde Cathedral is situated near the Roskilde Fjord. Roskilde Cathedral was built in the 12th and 13th centuries on the site of an earlier wooden church, many side chapels were built up to the end of the 19th century. It was the first cathedral in Scandinavia to be built of brick. Roskilde Cathedral gained the status as an UNESCO World Heritage in 1995.

  2. Roskilde Cathedral - Roskilde Cathedral: The King's Door is situated in the west façade of the cathedral. The door is used only for leaving the...

    Roskilde Cathedral: The King's Door is situated in the west façade of the cathedral. The door is used only for leaving the Roskilde Cathedral after weddings, conformations and funerals, the King's Door is also used as an entrance for royal visits. The outside of the King's Door depicts the twelve apostles and their symbols. The Roskilde Cathedral encouraged the spread of the brick Gothic style throughout Northern Europe.

  3. Roskilde Cathedral - Roskilde Cathedral: Inside the kathedral the eye catches a golden reflection of the King's Door. The reflection of the door interacts...

    Roskilde Cathedral: Inside the kathedral the eye catches a golden reflection of the King's Door. The reflection of the door interacts with the golden altarpiece. The golden appearance of the King's Door has been achieved by using polished brass that has been patinated. The inside of the door is 1.5 metres higher than the outside, therefore a tympanum was placed above the door, decorated with a wheat field. The many ears of wheat refer to the bread broken by Jesus.

  4. Roskilde Cathedral - Roskilde Cathedral: The Romanesque windows of the cathedral. Roskilde was named the capital city of Denmark   by King Harald Bluetooth...

    Roskilde Cathedral: The Romanesque windows of the cathedral. Roskilde was named the capital city of Denmark by King Harald Bluetooth around 960 AD. The present Roskilde Cathedral was built in the 12th and 13th centuries on the site of an earlier wooden stave church built by King Harald Bluetooth. Harald Bluetooth converted Denmark to Christianity. Roskilde Cathedral is the burial place of the Danish Royal Family.

  5. Roskilde Cathedral - Roskilde Cathedral: The pulpit was a gift of King Christian IV in 1610. The construction of the present cathedral started around 1170. The choir...

    Roskilde Cathedral: The pulpit was a gift of King Christian IV in 1610. The construction of the present cathedral started around 1170. The choir was completed and consecrated in 1225. The Gothic cathedral was completed in 1280, but it had only one tower. The second tower was completed around 1400. In the 16th century, Renaissance elements were added. The present spires of Roskilde Cathedral were built in around 1635.

  6. Roskilde Cathedral - Roskilde Cathedral: The gilded altarpiece was created in Antwerp around 1560, the altarpiece is adorned with gilded square plates, depicting the...

    Roskilde Cathedral: The gilded altarpiece was created in Antwerp around 1560, the altarpiece is adorned with gilded square plates, depicting the life, death and ressurection of Jesus. The altar piece was originally intended for a church in Danzig, but it was requisitioned by Danish customs authorities at Kronborg Castle as payment for the Sound Toll. Several royal tombs are situated behind the gilded altarpiece.

  7. Roskilde Cathedral - Roskilde Cathedral: The tomb of Queen Margrethe I of Denmark (born 1353-died 1412). The tomb of Queen Margrethe...

    Roskilde Cathedral: The tomb of Queen Margrethe I of Denmark (born 1353-died 1412). The tomb of Queen Margrethe I is situated behind the high altar in Roskilde Cathedral. Queen Margrethe I was one of the greatest monarchs of Scandinavia, she unified Denmark, Norway and Sweden by the Union of Kalmar in 1397. The Union of Kalmar lasted until 1523. Roskilde Cathedral was declared an UNESCO World Heritage in 1995.

  8. Roskilde Cathedral - Roskilde Cathedral: King Christian IV ordered to build a chapel in Roskilde Cathedral after the death of his wife Queen Anne Catherine in 1612....

    Roskilde Cathedral: King Christian IV ordered to build a chapel in Roskilde Cathedral after the death of his wife Queen Anne Catherine in 1612. The work on the Christian IV Chapel started in 1614. The exterior of the chapel was built in red bricks with a crow-stepped gable and was completed in 1641. Upon the death of Christian IV in 1648, the interior of the chapel was not completed. The chapel was completed in 1870, more than two centuries later

  9. Roskilde Cathedral - Roskilde Cathedral: The Christian IV Chapel. Inside Roskilde Cathedral the Christian IV Chapel is separated from the nave by a wrought-iron...

    Roskilde Cathedral: The Christian IV Chapel. Inside Roskilde Cathedral the Christian IV Chapel is separated from the nave by a wrought-iron lattice, the lattice was created in 1619. The outside of the Christian IV Chapel was built in the Dutch Renaissance style. Now, there are five coffins in the chapel, among them the coffins of King Christian IV and his wife Queen Anne Catherine.

  10. Roskilde Cathedral - Roskilde Cathedral: A fresco dating from 1511 in the Chapel of St. Andrew depict the Virgin Mary with the Infant Jesus in her arms. On the...

    Roskilde Cathedral: A fresco dating from 1511 in the Chapel of St. Andrew depict the Virgin Mary with the Infant Jesus in her arms. On the left hand an illustration of the beheading of John the Baptist. In later centuries, the frescoes were covered with a layer of white wash. The frescoes were rediscovered following a restoration. The Chapel of St.Andrew was built in 1395. Roskilde Cathedralone is of the most important national monuments of Denmark.

  11. Roskilde Cathedral - Roskilde Cathedral is a Gothic cathedral, but it has both Gothic and Romanesque architectural features in its design. The chancel of Roskilde...

    Roskilde Cathedral is a Gothic cathedral, but it has both Gothic and Romanesque architectural features in its design. The chancel of Roskilde Cathedral was consecrated in 1225. It is said that King Harald Bluetooth was buried in one of the pillars of the choir. The King's Pillar in the centre of the Chapel of King Christian I carries a row of markings indicating the height of royal visitors, such as Peter the Great of Russia (208.4 cm) and King Christian IV.

  12. Roskilde Cathedral - Roskilde Cathedral: The Arch of Absalon was built in the Gothic style. Some of the stones of an earlier travertine church were used to built...

    Roskilde Cathedral: The Arch of Absalon was built in the Gothic style. Some of the stones of an earlier travertine church were used to built the Arch of Absalon. The Arch of Absalon connects Roskilde Cathedral with the Bishop's Mansion. The roofed passageway is only accessible to the Danish clergy. The Arch of Absalon was built in the 13th century and was named after Bishop Absalon of Roskilde (1128-1201).

  13. Roskilde Cathedral - The twin towers of Roskilde Cathedral. The cathedral had been the burial place for the Danish Royal Family since the 15th century. With only one...

    The twin towers of Roskilde Cathedral. The cathedral had been the burial place for the Danish Royal Family since the 15th century. With only one exception, all Danish kings and queens have been buried in the cathedral. The tombs of the Danish Royal Family can be found throughout the cathedral and in the numerous chapels. Roskilde Cathedral was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1995.