Explore 1,000 Years of Danish History
For more than a thousand years, churches have existed on the location where Roskilde Cathedral stands today. Harold Bluetooth himself – the first Danish Viking king who is believed to have converted to Christianity – built the first of those churches. The construction of the brick church that exists today began in the 1170’s and finished in 1280. The style of the cathedral is very much in line with French cathedrals; something between a Romanesque and Gothic style. The Roskilde Cathedral is really an architectural masterpiece!
A Royal Burial
This magnificent cathedral is beautifully decorated, a place truly worthy of kings and queens. It is therefore no surprise then that this is also the burial place of Danish royalty. The vaults and the dark crypts house the remains of 39 Danish kings and queens. Roskilde Cathedral is the church with the most royal graves in the world. Among others, you will find the tomb of the true Queen of the North (Margrethe the first, 1353-1412). The tomb is decorated with a beautiful and lifelike marble statue of the queen herself.
Roskilde Cathedral is perhaps the biggest attraction in Roskilde. Even the world famous Michelin guide recommends travelers to visit the church. The cathedral is also enlisted as a UNESCO world heritage site and has of course been protected by the Danish Agency for Culture and Palaces.
Plan your trip
If you are staying at Zleep Hotel Roskilde, you don’t need to do much planning. Roskilde Cathedral is a short five-minute walk from the hotel. From some of the rooms you actually have a view of the cathedral. Roskilde Museum and the Viking ship museum are also in walking distance from the hotel. If you arrive at Roskilde train station, it’s just a ten-minute walk.
The prices vary according to age. The entry fee includes a 48-page illustrated guide book to the cathedral.
- Adults: DKK 60
- Children (0-17): free
- Retired and students: DKK 40
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