Roskilde Cathedral (1995)
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|Built in the 12th and 13th centuries, this was Scandinavia's
first Gothic cathedral to be built of brick and it encouraged the spread of this
style throughout northern Europe. It has been the mausoleum of the Danish royal
family since the 15th century.
It was the founder of Copenhagen, Bishop Absalon, that started the building of the present Cathedral in red bricks around 1170. Since then various porches and chapels have been added to the main building with different architectural designs representing the best of Danish architecture for more than 800 years and European religious architecture too.
Since the 14th century Roskilde Cathedral has been the mausoleum and burial place for 39 Danish Kings and Queens interred in various ornate sarcophaguses within and outside the cathedral.
As an aside, the city of Roskilde is world famous for the annual open air rock concert, "Roskilde Festival", attracting tens of thousands of (young) people from all over the world, gathering here to listen to their idols playing their favourite music.
Many famous artists, for example Bruce Springsteen and Michael Jackson, just to mention a few, have been in concert on this festival that lasts for three days each year in August - and it is ALWAYS carried through, no matter the weather !!
Other World Heritage Sites in Denmark (on this website). Note, that Ilulissat Icefjord is located in Greenland, and not in Denmark proper. Please refer to the UNESCO-listing, Denmark-section, for further information about the individual properties.
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Revised 18 aug 2007