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Roskilde, Home of the Dead Danish Kings

DENMARK | Saturday, 11 August 2012 | Views [1803]

Roskilde Palace and Domkirke Roskilde

Roskilde Palace and Domkirke Roskilde

Nearly everyone in Roskilde was taking advantage of the wonderful sunshine.  The Saturday market was in full swing and the harbor was filled with weekend sailors - and thousands of jellyfish!

   Setting Sail in Roskilde

It was more peaceful inside the Roskilde Domkirke where the remains of sixteen consectutive Danish kings dating back to 1634 and six others dating to 986 rest in peace.  Gorm, the first king of Denmark and his son, Harald Bluetooth, are missing.  Gorm may be buried in Jelling but Harald's body is MIA.  It was certainly a great idea to have all the country's leaders in one place instead of scattered here and there like in the US.

   The Royal Crypts of Domkirke Roskilde

The real action was harbor-side at the Viking Museum which houses the remains of Viking ships recovered from the fjord.  The museum is also a workshop that continues the tradition of making wooden boats, many replicas of the Viking ships recovered from the fjord.


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