Friday, April 17, 2009

Two Towers

Roskilde Cathedral with its two spires can be seen for miles around the former Danish Capital of Roskilde. It was build during the 12th and 13th Century and was the first Gothic cathedral to be build of red bricks, starting a trend in Northern Europe. It replaced a stone cathedral on the site from 1080 and it has been expanded, renovated and rebuild numerous times. It was also the last Catholic stronghold in an otherwise Protestant Zealand until 1540 where all it's belongings were confiscated by the Crown.

From the 15th Century it has been the main burial place for Danish Monarchs but even earlier kings has been buried here, among them Viking kings like Harald Bluetooth and Sweyn Forkbeard. The last to be buried here was Queen Ingrid in 2000.

The inside is a combination of red brick, frescos and chapels along the nave with a large crypt underneath.

The copper roof has been replaced in the last couple of years so it has been covered in scaffolding for a long time but now it should be clear of the clutter.

Roskilde Cathedral website