Roskilde Domkirke (Cathedral)
Mon to Sat: 10 AM to 4 PM
Sun: 10 PM to 1 PM
Apr-Sept (April 1 to September 30)
Mon to Wed, Fri, Sat: 10 AM to 6 PM
Sun: 1 PM to 6 PM
You’ll find this splendid brick cathedral a few hundred meters up a steep hill from the Viking Ship Museum. There has been a church on the site since the ninth century, but this tall and austere red-brick Gothic incarnation was commissioned by Bishop Absalon, the founder of Copenhagen, in the 1200s. It contains the tombs of most Danish royals since the Lutheran Reformation in 1536 to the present day. The opulent chapels off the main aisle house the elaborate sarcophagi of many Frederiks, Christians, and their queens. The remains of Harald Bluetooth, the 10th-century first Christian king of Denmark are buried in a pillar on the left of the sanctuary. Look for the wonderfully named ‘tomb of the ghost horse’ behind the sanctuary. The great gold altarpiece depicts Christ’s trials in Holy Week and was made in Ghent in the 1560. The latest royal incumbents of the cathedral are the parents of the present queen, who are buried in a new tomb in the gardens.