Roskilde was the capital city of Denmark for many centuries until the Royal family moved headquarters to Copenhagen. Even today, since the Reformation, the Kings and Queens of Denmark are buried in the Domkirke in Roskilde. The site of the current cathedral housed at least two former churches before the current building was began in the early 13th century. It has, of course, been expanded and changed many times since then. It was a Catholic cathedral when it was originally built but changed during the Reformation in 1536 to Protestant. It is now on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
There are also a few medieval rulers buried in the Cathedral and one of the most beautiful tombs is that of Margrete I who died in 1412.
The real jaw dropping chapel is the Chapel of Christian IV which houses his tomb as well as his queen, the crown prince, Frederik III and his queen. The walls are painted in lush murals and the ceiling is blue with gold stars, in the fashion of Sainte Chapelle in Paris. The lattice gates into the chapel are intricate.
The altar has a three sectioned gold altarpiece that was made in Antwerp in the mid 16th century and depicts Jesus Christ's Holy Week trials. It's a one of a kind treasure.
The high ceilings are white with red crests decorating each section. The Cathedral is made of brick and the two spires soar above the city.
There is a small charge to visit the cathedral and there is a desk where you can purchase a few postcards. It's a lovely church and definitely well worth visiting. It is in the old town square and you can't miss it. Just follow the towers!
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