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Jelling Mounds, Runic Stones and Church

Jelling Mounds, Runic Stones and Church: Jelling consists of two burial mounds, the largest known from the Viking Age. In between the burial mounds stands a church and two runic stones. The church of Jelling was built from travertine around 1100 AD. A grave chamber underneath the 8 m high north mound was possibly the original grave of King Gorm the Old. The 10 m high south mound was built around 970, the Jelling south mound contained no burials. The smallest and older of the two Jelling Runic Stones was raised by King Gorm the Old. On the rune stone of King Gorm, for the first time on Danish ground, the name of Denmark is mentioned. Around 965 the large runestone in Jelling was raised by King Harald Bluetooth in memory of his parents King Gorm the Old and Queen Thyra, also celebrating King Harald's conquest of Denmark and Norway and the conversion of the Danes to Christianity. There are different versions of King Harald Bluetooth's conversion to Christianity, medieval writers such as Widukind of Corvey and Adam of Bremen give conflicting versions about how it happened. The Jelling Mounds are Royale Graves, so the Royal Standard is raised on the Jelling Mounds every summer Sunday. The Kongernes Jelling Museum, opposite the Jelling Church, provides insight into the fascinating history of the Vikings. Jelling is located about 55 km from the World Heritage in Christiansfeld. The Jelling Mounds, Runic Stones and Church gained the status as an UNESCO World Heritage 1994.

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Jelling Mounds, Runic Stones and Church - Jelling Mounds, Runic Stones and Church: Jelling is home to the largest known burial mounds from the Viking Age. In between the...

Jelling Mounds, Runic Stones and Church: Jelling is home to the largest known burial mounds from the Viking Age. In between the two burial mounds stands a church and two runestones, the runestone of Harald Bluetooth and the runestone of Gorm the Old. The Church of Jelling was built from travertine around 1100 AD. The Jelling Mounds, the Runic Stones and Church gained the status as an UNESCO World Heritage in 1994.

  1. Jelling Mounds, Runic Stones and Church - Jelling Mounds, Runic Stones and Church: Jelling is home to the largest known burial mounds from the Viking Age. In between the...

    Jelling Mounds, Runic Stones and Church: Jelling is home to the largest known burial mounds from the Viking Age. In between the two burial mounds stands a church and two runestones, the runestone of Harald Bluetooth and the runestone of Gorm the Old. The Church of Jelling was built from travertine around 1100 AD. The Jelling Mounds, the Runic Stones and Church gained the status as an UNESCO World Heritage in 1994.

  2. Jelling Mounds, Runic Stones and Church - Jelling Mounds, Runic Stones and Church: The remains of three wooden churches have been found underneath the present stone Jelling Church....

    Jelling Mounds, Runic Stones and Church: The remains of three wooden churches have been found underneath the present stone Jelling Church. Underneath the floor of the oldest wooden church was the secondary burial of the Danish King Gorm the Old. Originally interred in one of the two Jelling Mounds, King Gorm the Old was apparently reburied in the first wooden church. King Gorm died in the year 959.

  3. Jelling Mounds, Runic Stones and Church - Jelling Mounds, Runic Stones and Church: King Harald Bluetooth (approx. 930-986) had accepted Christianity and built the first wooden church at...

    Jelling Mounds, Runic Stones and Church: King Harald Bluetooth (approx. 930-986) had accepted Christianity and built the first wooden church at Jelling. The church was built in the 8th century by King Harald Bluetooth as a mausoleum to his father King Gorm the Old, the Viking ruler of Denmark. The first wooden church and another two wooden churches were distroyed by fire. The present stone Jelling Church was built in 1100.

  4. Jelling Mounds, Runic Stones and Church - Jelling Mounds, Runic Stones and Church: Underneath the eight metres high north mound is a grave chamber built from oak felled around...

    Jelling Mounds, Runic Stones and Church: Underneath the eight metres high north mound is a grave chamber built from oak felled around 958-959, it was possibly the original grave of King Gorm the Old, the first historically recognized king of Denmark. He reigned as king of Denmark from approx. 936 until his death in approx. 958. Gorm the Old ruled from Jelling. The tomb of King Gorm was discovered under the present Jelling Church in 1978.

  5. Jelling Mounds, Runic Stones and Church - Jelling Mounds, Runic Stones and Church: The north burial mound viewed from the Jelling Churchyard. When the remains of King Gorm...

    Jelling Mounds, Runic Stones and Church: The north burial mound viewed from the Jelling Churchyard. When the remains of King Gorm the Old were discovered in 1978, also a lot of gold threads were found, which had been woven into a royal costume. For many years, the remains of Gorm the Old were kept for study in the National Museum of Denmark and the University of Copenhagen.

  6. Jelling Mounds, Runic Stones and Church - Jelling Mounds, Runic Stones and Church: The Jelling Church seen from the south burial mound. The Kongernes Jelling Museum is situated opposite...

    Jelling Mounds, Runic Stones and Church: The Jelling Church seen from the south burial mound. The Kongernes Jelling Museum is situated opposite the Jelling Church, it provides insight into the Jelling monuments and its importance in Danish royal history. A family tree shows the direct line of descent from King Gorm the Old to the present-day Queen Margrethe II of Denmark.

  7. Jelling Mounds, Runic Stones and Church - Jelling Mounds, Runic Stones and Church: The frescoes in the Jelling Church. The chancel held Denmark's first frescoes, clearly inspired...

    Jelling Mounds, Runic Stones and Church: The frescoes in the Jelling Church. The chancel held Denmark's first frescoes, clearly inspired by Byzantine art. When the frescoes were uncovered, they were found to have been so badly preserved that they were broken down in 1875 and in the same year replaced by copies. The frescoes depict the birth of Jesus and the worship of the Three Kings. The original frescoes were created in 1125.

  8. Jelling Mounds, Runic Stones and Church - Jelling Mounds, Runic Stones and Church: The simply furnished interior of the Jelling Church. In 2000, after extensive study at the National...

    Jelling Mounds, Runic Stones and Church: The simply furnished interior of the Jelling Church. In 2000, after extensive study at the National Museum of Denmark and University of Copenhagen, the remains of King Gorm the Old were reburied in the Jelling Church, in front of the chancel.

  9. Jelling Mounds, Runic Stones and Church - Jelling Mounds, Runic Stones and Church: Around 965 AD, the large runestone was erected by King Harald Bluetooth in memory of his parents...

    Jelling Mounds, Runic Stones and Church: Around 965 AD, the large runestone was erected by King Harald Bluetooth in memory of his parents King Gorm the Old and Queen Thyra, and also celebrating King Harald Bluetooth's conquest of Denmark and Norway and the conversion of the Danes to Christianity. Therefore, the King Harald Bluetooth's runestone at Jelling is called the baptism certificate of Denmark.

  10. Jelling Mounds, Runic Stones and Church - Jelling Mounds, Runic Stones and Church: The King Harald Bluetooth's runestone. To prevent further damage from the weather, the Jelling...

    Jelling Mounds, Runic Stones and Church: The King Harald Bluetooth's runestone. To prevent further damage from the weather, the Jelling runestones were placed in a glass casinng in 2012. The inscriptions on the two Jelling runestones are renowned in Denmark. On one side of the runestone, the image of Christ can be seen, the image of Christ on the King Harald Bluetooth's runestone is the oldest example in Scandinavia.

  11. Jelling Mounds, Runic Stones and Church - Jelling Mounds, Runic Stones and Church: The smallest and oldest runestone was raised by the Danish King Gorm the Old in memory of his wife...

    Jelling Mounds, Runic Stones and Church: The smallest and oldest runestone was raised by the Danish King Gorm the Old in memory of his wife Queen Thyra, called Denmark's Adornment. On the runestone of King Gorm the Old, for the first time on Danish ground, the name of Denmark is mentioned. The larger runestone was erected by King Harald Bluetooth, the son of Gorm the Old and Queen Thyra.

  12. Jelling Mounds, Runic Stones and Church - Jelling Mounds, Runic Stones and Church: The south mound at Jelling. The Royal Standard of Denmark is raised on the Jelling Mounds every summer...

    Jelling Mounds, Runic Stones and Church: The south mound at Jelling. The Royal Standard of Denmark is raised on the Jelling Mounds every summer Sunday. The ten metres high Jelling south mound was built around 970 AD, it contained no burials. Stones found underneath the south mound at Jelling are probably the remains of a stone ship.

  13. Jelling Mounds, Runic Stones and Church - Jelling Mounds, Runic Stones and Church: The Royal Standard of Denmark is raised on the Jelling Mounds every summer Sunday because the Jelling...

    Jelling Mounds, Runic Stones and Church: The Royal Standard of Denmark is raised on the Jelling Mounds every summer Sunday because the Jelling Mounds are royale graves. Jelling is located in central Jutland in Denmark. The Jelling Mounds, the Runic Stones and the Church symbolise the transition of Denmark from Viking paganism to Christianity.

  14. Jelling Mounds, Runic Stones and Church - Jelling Mounds, Runic Stones and Church: The present church was built in the Romanesque style in 1100.  The Jelling Mounds, the Runic...

    Jelling Mounds, Runic Stones and Church: The present church was built in the Romanesque style in 1100.  The Jelling Mounds, the Runic Stones and Jelling Church are among the most significant historic sites in Denmark. The Jelling Mounds, the Runic Stones and Church were declared an UNESCO World Heritage 1994.