Roskilde Cathedral, or Roskilde Domkirke, is a cathedral in the city of Roskilde in Zealand in eastern Denmark. It holds the distinction of being the first Gothic cathedral to be erected of brick, and its design paved the way for the brick Gothic style of churches across northern Europe.
Roskilde Cathedral was built between the 12th and 13th centuries. The architecture is a fusion of Gothic and Romaneque styles. Until the 20th century, it was the only cathedral on the island of Zealand. The building has two spires which dominate the skyline of Roskilde.
Due to its significance, Roskilde Cathedral is the burial site of Danish monarchs. Among them is Harald I, also called Bluetooth, the 10th century Viking king.
Roskilde Cathedral was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site during the
session of the World Heritage Committee
Photos of Roskilde Cathedral
Roskilde Cathedral, Denmark
Author: Nico/Nils Jepsen (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 3.0)
Interior of Roskilde Cathedral, Denmark
Author: Christian Bickel (Creative Commons Attribution 2.0)
World Heritage Site Inscription Details
Location: N 55 38 32 E 12 4 47 in Roskilde, Zealand, Denmark
Inscription Year: 1995
Type of Site: Cultural
Inscription Criteria: II, IV
Location Map of Roskilde Cathedral
Roskilde Cathedral is numbered 2 on the map below.
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Visiting Roskilde Cathedral
Roskilde is just about 25 minutes from Copenhagen by train. Roskilde Cathedral is open April thru September on Mondays to Saturdays from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm and on Sundays from 12:30 pm to 5:00 pm. From October thru March it is open Tuesdays to Saturdays from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm and on Sundays from 12:30 pm to 4:00 pm. There is also an on-site museum which gives the history of the building.