Roskilde - Medieval Capital of Denmark
Trip Start Jun 02, 2012
20Trip End Jun 28, 2012
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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
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!