4000 Copenhagen, Denmark
tel: +45 4631 6565
fax: +45 4631 6560
Apr-Sept Mon-Sat 9am-5pm, Sun 12:30-5pm; Oct-Mar Tues-Sat 10am-4pm, Sun 12:30-4pm
Roskilde's formidable red brick cathedral, with its slender spires rising above the city's rooftops, is a city landmark important enough to have made it onto the World Heritage List of outstanding cultural and natural heritages. A church has stood on the site for more than 1000 years, and the Roskilde Cathedral has been the preferred resting place of the Danish Royal Family since the early 15th century; in all, 39 Danish kings and queens have been buried here, many in lavish sarcophagi. Visitors can also admire the ornate wood-carvings and frescoes, a medieval clock with mechanical figures, gilt altar-piece and the cathedral's famous baroque organ, dating from 1554. During the summer, daily guided tours in English are available.
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