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The original ships



Roskild Fjord

How they have been brought together


Photo of ship that sailed to Dublin



Rope shop -amazing what they used

Building yard

The Roskild Cathedral

The King's Door -only royal entry

The otherside of the King's Door

Inside the cathedral

The altarpiece

Queen Margrete I

Here lies Christian 5 and Frederik 4

Chapel of the Magi - King Christian I

Fredericks 5 chapel


Looking down on the altar

King Christian 4 private box

Cristian 4 Chapel


King Christian 9

Frederick 8

King Christian 10

Clock from 1400's St George and the dragon

Another hot day.

Today we headed to Roskilde west of Copenhagen.

During the Viking period Roskilde was the capital of Denmark and it was here that the Viking king Harald Bluetooth built the first wooden-stave Christian church in 985AD.

Our morning was spent visiting the excellent Viking Ship Museum. The museum has the remains of five original Viking ships. At the end of the Viking period (late 11th century five old clinker built ships were deliberately scuttled in a narrow channel north of Roskilde to form a barrier to protect the city of Roskilde from attack. They had been holed and sunk and then a mass of stones were piled on top of them to create an underwater barrier...

In 1962 during excavations in the Roskilde Fjord these ships were discovered and excavated. The ships were in thousands of pieces but they been able to piece together the various ships which are displayed in the museum on skeleton frames. One ship they discovered from analysing the wood had been built in Dublin, Ireland.

As well as the original ships on display the museum has recreated a number of the ships using Viking era techniques and tools. One of the ships has been successfully sailed to Ireland and back to test how the ships handled.

From the Viking Ship Museum we walked up from the harbour through the park to the massive Roskilde Cathedral. The cathedral is UNESCO World Heritage site and is the Danish equivalent of Westminster Abbey. On this site there has been a church since 985AD. The brick church seen today was started in the 1170s but has been a work in progress. The main body of the building was completed in 1280 but ever since the cathedral has been extended with chapels and porches right up to 1985. As our guide book says “it is a superb showcase of 800 years’ worth of Danish architecture”.

The cathedral is the burial place for the Danish kings and queens containing the crypts of 37 of them. Exploring the cathedral it could have been quite depressing seeing the large number of tombs but each chapel reflected the style of the times so quite fascinating.

Two fascinating visits.

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