Roskilde - Medieval Capital of Denmark

Trip Start Jun 02, 2012
Trip End Jun 28, 2012

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Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Here are some pics from the walk we did on Tuesday. Actually most of these were taken Tuesday morning before the group arrived from Oslo. I had flown down Monday morning from Oslo to Copenhagen to meet those coming in for this portion of the Adventure. So I got a chance to wander the charming little town of Roskilde and refresh the walk route during sparkling morning sunshine. Afternoon light wasn't as good, so unfortunately I don't have many photos of the group walking through Roskilde.

Two highlights of this town are the 800-year-old cathedral and the Viking Ship Museum. The cathedral is standing on a place where the founder of Denmark, a Viking by the name of Harold Bluetooth, established a church and began converting the country to Christianity in the 10th century. The present church has been added on to the last 800 years, and as a result is a bit of a textbook on Danish architectural history. What fascinates most people, however, are the beautiful tombs and sarcophagi of 39 monarchs of Denmark, including Mr. Bluetooth.

The Viking Ship Museum is dedicated to displaying five Viking vessels that were discovered at the mouth of the Roskilde the fjord in the 1960s. Historians believe they were intentionally scuttled to block the advance of marauding Norwegian Vikings. The museum is also dedicated to the preservation of the knowledge of Viking ship building, and boasts several replicas used to provide visitors with cruises through the fjord and re-create longer voyages to other countries visited by the Vikings.

So we got a good introduction to Roskilde, the first capital of a united Denmark going back 1000 years. Tomorrow we spend the day in Copenhagen exploring the current capital on foot with walking friends Orm and Cristina Hansen, who hosted our groups for the last 21 years!
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Andrea on

So do you think the DVD player was named after Harold Bluetooth?? :>))

friesendm on

Hmmm...that's about as logical as the name itself. Always confused me when I first heard that label of that new technology

Andrea on

My bad...bluetooth is the little thing that connects to your cellphone that you wear in your ear so you can look like a madman walking down the street and talking to your self. Blu=Ray is the DVD player!!

You're right, none of it makes much sense!

Mamie Bennett on

Looking at the pictures and reading the blogs from your current Scandinavian trip, has brought back many fond memories of my first trip with WAI. In 1997 the tour covered the Scandinavian countries, plus a stop in the capital of Iceland and the Blue Lagoon, plus a pre-tour of St. Petersburg. What fun!

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