With its slender spires and large number of royal graves, this magnificent red brick cathedral is a truly unique structure, and considered to be one of Denmark’s most important buildings.
Venture on a time travel from the Middle Ages up until today. The cathedral’s long history and numerous chapels take you through almost 1,000 years of Danish history and European architectural history. Roskilde Cathedral is a listed UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Its history can be traced as far back as the Viking king Harald ‘Bluetooth’ Gormsson. He is believed to have been buried in the church around 987. Construction of the present church began in 1170. The church is one of the first Gothic church buildings in Scandinavia, and with its soaring arches and huge windows, it provides you with a fantastic impression of the Gothic idea of creating churches filled with light. With its many royal chapels, all built in their own distinctive architectural style, a visit to Roskilde Cathedral is a fascinating architectural odyssey.
The royal family’s burial chamber
In Roskilde Cathedral, 39 kings and queens lie buried in beautiful sarcophagi and coffins, from the Middle Ages until the present day. The sarcophagus of the current Queen Margrethe II his already in place, but is covered until the death of the regent. You can see an exhibition showing the monument and the tradition behind it.